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In Nebraska, the Union Pacific Railroad construction begins on the western side of the Missouri

Locomotive at Leavenworth, Lawrence, & Galveston Railroad Bridge over the Kansas River, Lawrence, Kansas, 1867
12/02/1863
At three in the afternoon, outside the city of Omaha, a large celebration was held at the ground-breaking of the Union Pacific Railroad's construction on the western side of the Missouri River.  Nebraska's Territorial Governor Alvin Saunders led the dignitaries as they ceremonially wielded shovels before around a thousand people, largely from Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Festive events went on in Omaha that evening.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Pacific Railroad," New York Times,  December 3, 1863, p. 1.

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