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The Big Junction Railroad-building fever swept America in the 1850s. The era's biggest high-tech industry grew at a blistering pace, attracting young fortune-seekers like Andrew Carnegie. In Chicago, William Butler Ogden saw the railroad as a means to bring more business -- and more money -- into town. Thanks to Ogden's vision and persistence, Chicago became the "Big Junction" by 1861 -- the site where more railroads met than anywhere else in the world.


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