Posted May 9, 2012
Climb Aboard the GALILEO Express!
National Train Day is coming up on May 12th. We thought this would be an excellent excuse to show off all things train-related in GALILEO.
The railroad was an influential part of Georgia’s history. For a review of the expansion and decline of the railroad in Georgia, take a look at the Railroads article in the New Georgia Encyclopedia. You can even find out how the origin of Atlanta is connected to the railroad. For a lot of wonderful historical images, take a look at all the trains in Digital Library of Georgia.
History Reference Center offers articles, images, and videos on the history of the railroad, including how the development of railroads impacted the West and how they took the “Wild” out of it. Annals of American History offers a first-hand perspective of the railroads in America with letters, government documents, and other primary sources, including this letter describing the birth and explosive growth of the railroad towns that would spring up around the rail lines.
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