Railroads and the Great Race to Span the Continent
Mary Lincoln: Economics, Discovery and Daily Life
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: One week
The railroad was the main form of mass transportation when Mary Todd Lincoln was First Lady. Before the advent of the train, people were limited in the speed, distance, and convenience they could travel throughout the U.S. The Lincolns were able to travel back and forth from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois (where the Lincolns resided before the Presidency). Ironically, after Lincoln was assassinated, his body was transported back to Springfield via approximately the same route used to travel to D.C.