The United States Congress wanted to open the Territory of Alaska for economic development and recognized the only way that was going to occur was to construct a rail line. Private sector companies attempted to build a rail line but went bankrupt early in the process. Therefore, Congress adopted the Enabling Act of 1914 which authorized the President of United States to locate, construct and operate a 1,000 mile rail line in the Territory.
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