THE PANAMA RAILROAD
Aspinwall and partners also built the Panama Railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans across the isthmus (47 miles) so that passengers could go from ship to rail to ship without the dangers of canoeing and riding mules through the jungle.
The building of the railroad was extremely difficult due to the climate, terrain and numerous health issues.
The cost was $8 million and 5,000-10,000 lives were lost. Completed in 1855, it was a great feat of engineering.
The Panama Canal would not be built for another 50 years.