Wyoming PBS has now screened its documentary examining the arrival of the transcontinental railroad in Wyoming. End of Track premiered on March 10th but Wyoming PBS is making the film available again. Wyoming PBS will re-air End of Track film again on Sunday, March 17th at 7pm (Mountain Time) and the film will be available online throughout that day.

The westward construction of the Union Pacific Railroad arrived in Laramie, Wyoming (Territory) in May of 1868.  The hour-long End of Track explores the lives of those involved in the construction of the railway, the creation of towns along the expanding track and the reality of the mobile “Hell on Wheels” town that followed the railroad in order to draw money from the workers.

The film also examines the impact the railroad had upon Indigenous peoples as the tracks moved into their traditional territory. The size of bison herds would also be directly and dramatically affected by the coming of the railroad. The following is a trailer for the End of Track:

The US transcontinental railroad was constructed between 1863 and 1869. The Central Pacific Railroad of California began construction eastward from the Pacific coast in 1863 with the Union Pacific beginning to lay tracks westward from Omaha, Nebraska in mid-1865 with the close of the US Civil War.

The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States were first connected by rail on May 10th, 1869 when the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific met at Promontory Summit, Utah.The current AMC Western series Hell on Wheels frames its story around the building of the Union Pacific railroad immediately after the Civil War.

For further information about End of Track – including panel discussions with experts who take part in the film – and to view the documentary on March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), please visit this Wyoming PBS link: End of Track

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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