The First Intercontinental Railroad

On January 27, 1855 the first intercontinental railroad opened, running from Isla Manzanillo to Panama City, Panama.  The railroad was built to assist North American travelers who were hurrying to the California Gold Rush.  At that time, it was too difficult and dangerous to travel across the continental United States.  The railroad was a 47.6 miles route that connected the Atlantic and Pacific oceans across the Isthmus of Panama.