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Miners and Rails across Panama

Miners and Rails across Panama

The Panama Railroad story is as amazing and tragic as the canal itself, and without the railroad there could be no canal.  The railroad defined the canal route, proved the need for transporting both people and cargo, and then carried equipment, supplies, and excavation debris. The impetus for the Panama Railroad was the acquisition of Oregon and California by the United States.  The new territories were nearly inaccessible to the settled east.  One could walk or ride the Oregon and…

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