10 Mile Day
Betting can always drive the human spirit to do more. As the Union Pacific broke all records by laying six miles of track a day, Charles Crocker, the Central Pacific’s chief contractor, and the Chinese railroad workers were invited to compete with them. Crocker declared his men would lay ten miles of rail in a day, which was scoffed by the Vice President Durant of the Union Pacific betting $10,000 that it is impossible. However, a railroad record was born, Crocker, the Chinese men, and 8 Irish men proved that it was possible to lay 10 miles of track in a day on April 28, 1869.