As the calendar page turns to a new year, we enter a year of anniversaries. The 150th anniversary of The Homestead Act, the Morrill Act for land grant universities . The Emancipation Proclamation - And - the Pacific Railway Act, encouraging an intercontinental rail line. Jerry Johnston talked with UNL Historian Will Thomas - his new book is on rail history - about the Pacific Railway Act.
There are many online resources connected with this story.
For Thomas' UNL Webpage, CLICK HERE
There is a wealth of resources about railroad history at the website for Thomas' new book, The Iron Way: Railroads, the Civil War, and the Making of Modern America. CLICK HERE
To view Will Thomas talking about his book at Miami University (of Ohio) CLICK HERE
Nebraska is home to the Homestead Monument of America near Beatrice. To go to their website, CLICK HERE