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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific

  • Aired: 01/24/2011
  • 01:56
  • Rating: NR
On December 10, 1913, after a final push of excavation, the unbroken waterway finally connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The project had taken ten years and more than $350 million. To that date, it was the largest single federal expenditure in history. More than 5,000 workers lost their lives, but the successful completion defined the US as a superpower of the 20th century.
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On Dec. 10, 1913, after a final push of excavation, the Atlantic & Pacific were connected.
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