National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
1st Floor, West, New Perspectives Case in American Enterprise Floor Plan
Marking the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, a critical episode in the development of the American West, Hidden Workers focuses on the forgotten Chinese workers who built the western leg of the railroad across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A large floor graphic maps the United States so that visitors can walk the Transcontinental Railroad route. A display describes how the railroad was a catalyst for positive change but displaced Native Americans and caused the near extinction of the American buffalo.