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Map 4: Major Railroads, 1900

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While St. Louis was eventually served by a rail line and passengers and freight could easily connect to the West Coast, the city was not on what generally was regarded in 1900 as a "transcontinental railroad." Nonetheless, St. Louis remained an important commercial and business center.

1. Explain in your own words why the railroad route through St. Louis would not have been considered a "transcontinental railroad" in 1900.

2. Which route do you think earned that title? Why? (Additional information is provided in Reading 1.)

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