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In 1870, 52,900 miles of railroad extended across the United States. Yet still, the entire Indian Territory, now known as Oklahoma, lay devoid of railroads. Battling legal action by the Indian Nations to keep railways out of the Indian Territory, the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway sought to extend their rails into Oklahoma. In 1886 an agreement was finally reached giving way to the construction of railroads into the Indian Territory, and by 1895 the railways reached into present-day Oklahoma City. This brought about a substantial amount of population growth, and an increase in commercialization to the once rural city. Throughout the early 1900’s the Oklahoma railroad system provided a major national and international trade route. During the Great Depression, however, railroad activity was reduced to a devastating lull. But, during World War II, the formation of military bases and the renewal of industry brought about a revival for the railways.