It took the steam powered locomotive to bring about a transportation revolution. In the early 1800s there were no reliable means of transportation. Waterways were the easiest routes and most of Georgia's larger cities such as Savannah, Augusta, Columbus, and Rome, grew up along rivers. However, while it was easy to travel down the river, it was much more difficult to travel against the current. The invention of the steamboat solved that problem, but rivers did not run everywhere people wanted to go. The railroads changed that.