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Before the railroad, travel often took weeks or months. Travel across the continent was dangerous, difficult and measured in months. Yet, within the span of 40 years, the Union Pacific - Central Pacific route was completed in 1869. This made it possible to complete the trip from the East Coast to the West Coast in just 7 days! With the completion of the Missouri River Bridge at Omaha in 1872, the trip could be made without ever leaving the steel rail.