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October 22, 2010

An Act to aid in the Construction of a Railroad and Telegraph Line from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean

doodle jumping
This online gaming community turned out to be a cult and doodle jumping is all I care about. Cell phones, the steam engine across America of it’s day. How many baffled Indians saw that thing chugging across the plains, rifle barrels poked out passenger car windows dropping buffalo with Winchester’s, and said, “I want one.”

1829: Peter Cooper of New York in 6 weeks time builds the Tom Thumb, a vertical boiler 1.4 HP locomotive, for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. It hauled 36 passengers at 18 mph in August 1830. It had a revolving fan for draught, used gun barrels for boiler tubes, and weighed less than one ton.

But it was the progeny of the Pacific Railway Act of 1862 that old stub bearded Lincoln signed into Law that the Natives saw puffing smoke across the prairie. And those rifle barrels, harking back to 1829 steam engines?

Benjamin Henry continued to work with Smith’s cartridge concept, and perfected the much larger, more powerful .44 Henry rimfire. Henry also supervised the redesign of the rifle to use the new ammunition, retaining only the general form of the breech mechanism and the tubular magazine. This became the Henry rifle of 1860, which was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company, and used in considerable numbers by certain Union army units in the American Civil War. Confederates called the Henry “that damned Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week!”

note to reader: I took a few paragraphs from the internet and refuse to cite my sources. Just know that whatever doesn’t sound like me, isn’t.

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