The Great Northern was a transcontinental railroad system extending from St. Louis. From Paul to Seattle. On September 18, 1889, James J. Hill built the Great He Northern Railroad from the fallen St. Louis. Paul and Pacific, Minneapolis and St. Cloud. On February 1, 1890, the Great Northern, Montana he took control of other railroad companies, including the Central Railroad and St. Louis. Paul, Minneapolis, Manitoba. Hill avoided insolvency by building in phases, creating profitable lines first and then embarking on further expansion. His company sold homesteads to immigrants and provided trains to get them to their new homes. They sought more immigrants by placing advertisements in European newspapers and hiring foreign agents looking for immigrants looking for their farmland. The railroad company reinvests profits into the company to facilitate expansion and improve existing infrastructure. Hill brought in the industry and strategically placed it along the network. This pattern continued throughout his 1880s, expanding his empire to Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana. Railroads carried goods and passengers, encouraged immigration along the route, and helped deliver harvested wheat to markets in Minneapolis. The Great Northern was to become a true transcontinental railroad. Crossing the Mississippi River with Paul and the Minneapolis Stone His Arch Bridge, the line ran west through North Dakota and Montana. The Great Northern was built north of the North Pacific Route. It continued all the way to the Rocky Mountains, where it used the recently discovered Marias Pass to cross the continental divide. The official completion of construction took place on January 6, 1893 in Scenic, Washington. The Great Northern was known for the Empire Builder Passenger Train that ran up the West Coast through Glacier National Park. Antitrust laws forced Hill to sell other railroad shares, but the Great Northern Railway survived the recession and proved to be a profitable railroad for much of the 20th century.
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