Then, at one in the morning on May 3,a great, noisy crumbling took place at the east facing, and light from torches in the west could be seen flickering through the dust.
With torchbearers stationed every few yards in the 1,foot bore, Clement began his first series of observations in the damp and eerie tunnel.
As Clement finished his measurements and worked out the geometric statistics at a rude desk near the tunnel mouth, he found his most fervent prayers answered. The Sierras were truly breached and The Central Pacific began laying track eastward from Sacramento, California inand the Union Pacific started laying track westward from Omaha, Nebraska, two years later in July, Clement went on to design and build also using Chinese laborers the Southern Pacific Railroad line from Sacramento to Los Angeles via the San Joaquin Valleyand also worked on many urban and cable car lines.
The Sierras had been bested.
They had made their calculations under poor visibility on a wildly uneven tunnel floor, plotting a bore not only divided into four distinct parts, but one that had to gradually rise, descend, and curve as it penetrated from west to east.
The Summit had been pierced. As second in command of the most formidable engineering project of the 19th century, Lewis M. The crew of the Union Pacific, which was composed largely of Irish immigrants and Civil War veterans, had to contend with Indian attacks and the Rocky Mountains.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Courtesy Martin Gregor and Bruce C. The seemingly impossible had been achieved. Among his works in the area was the design of the cable car turntable at the foot of Market Street in San Francisco. The longest tunnel anyone had cut through natural granite, cut at a daunting altitude in an abominable climate, had been bored by a small army of Chinese thousands of miles from their ancestral home.
On May 10,after completing 1, miles, 4, feet 2, To meet its manpower needs, the Central Pacific hired thousands of Chinese laborersincluding many recruited from farms in Canton.Updated world stock indexes.
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