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Before 1876 the idea of traveling across the United States in under a week was unfathomable. In fact, prior to the completion of the transcontinental railroad it was impossible to travel the country in less than a month. Though that actual construction of the rail road had been put off for decades, the first glimmer of the idea had traversed the mind of Thomas Jefferson in 1802. Jefferson, who frequently traveled between Philadelphia and Monticello, VA, realized a ten day travel time was excessive. His desire for a country from sea-to-shining-sea was compromised as he thought, “How could such a vast country ever hope to remain united?” Jefferson never did see a train in his lifetime, but fortunately technology did advance enough to work toward a faster mode of travel. However, it wasn’t until the end of the Civil War that the transcontinental railroad construction began, thanks to political differences. It was only a short four years later until the entirety of the track was completed on May 10, 1869. Service did not officially begin until the following year in August of 1870, but several of the wealthiest people were able to commute in style now. For years after the initial run, railway tycoons continuously brainstormed about how to make the train even fast. By 1876 they found their solution and the first Transcontinental Express took off from New York City and landed in San Francisco eighty-three hours later. This not only marked one of the best railroad advances, but also the beginning of fast, comfortable travel for Americans.