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Near Jean in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Last Spike

 
 
The Last Spike Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 15, 2017
1. The Last Spike Marker
Replaced marker in 2017
Inscription.  On January 30, 1905, near this site, workers drove the last spike that completed the railroad between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Los Angeles, California. This was the last "transcontinental" line to Southern California and one of the last lines built to the Pacific Coast. Although there was no formal celebration at the time of the last spike, those present gave some recognition to the event.

Las Vegas owes its existence to the railroad, then known as the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. Because the valley had a good supply of water, the railroad company platted the Las Vegas town site and established a division point there.

State Historical Marker No. 195
State Historic Preservation Office
Union Pacific Railroad Co

 
Erected by State Historic Preservation Office. (Marker Number 195.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 35° 49.429′ N, 115° 17.248′ W. Marker is near Jean, Nevada
The Last Spike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
2. The Last Spike Marker
, in Clark County. Marker is on Las Vegas Boulevard South (at milepost 9), on the right when traveling north. Marker is 0.14 miles north of railroad underpass. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jean NV 89019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Last Spike (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Arrowhead Trail Highway (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Yellow Pine Mining Company Railroad (approx. 3.7 miles away); Jean, Nevada (approx. 3.7 miles away); Old Elko Fire Bell (approx. 4 miles away); The Pioneer Saloon (approx. 8.1 miles away); Goodsprings Mining District 1856 - 1957 (approx. 8.3 miles away); Good's Spring (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jean.
 
Also see . . .
1. The San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. The first direct route from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles when it was completed in 1905, was perhaps the single most significant factor in the creation of what would become the city of Las Vegas, and later, Clark County. (Submitted on April 2, 2010.) 

2. New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made
The Last Spike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
3. The Last Spike Marker
Marker post is in center of photo.
to this marker for grammar and readability. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
The Last Spike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
4. The Last Spike Marker
Small pull-off near marker location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,264 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on September 19, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on September 19, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   2, 3, 4. submitted on March 31, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Oct. 31, 2020