Railroads were a huge part of settling the west during the late 1800s and early part of the 1900s. Rail workers tamed territories previously untouched by modern technology, paving the way for immigrants and the country’s eastern population to build lives on the prairies of the Dakotas and then on through the Pacific coast. The many different rail companies competed fiercely to build the most towns, thriving communities and secure farmers’ business. Eventually, each enterprise found itself becoming part of a larger entity, becoming consolidated into companies like BNSF and the Canadian Pacific today. To see how they began and became what they are today—still incredibly important to the nation’s economy—we will look at the railroad companies that made their way through what would become North Dakota and how their presence established communities and livelihoods that remain today.

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