“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Schenectady in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


And the Golden Spike

"Jupiter" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel
1. "Jupiter" Marker
Nearing the completion of America's first transcontinental railroad in 1868, Schenectady Locomotive works filled an important order: four recently built engines numbered #60, #61, #62, and #63 were dismantled and shipped around Cape Horn to San Francisco. They were then barged up the Sacramento River to the offices of the Central Pacific Railroad and then re-assembled.

One of these, Jupiter (#60), had been chosen to pull the lead east bound train to Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, for the historic joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad lines.

The completion of this engineering feat, first proposed in 1847 and then begun in 1863, had been guided by the vision Theodore Judah and Asa Whitney, the technical skills of the Army Corps of Engineers, and thousands of Civil War veterans and Chinese laborers. Over the course of six years, they constructed numerous high trestles over wild rivers, blasted tunnels through the solid rock of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and laid 1912 miles of track, at the cost of hundreds of lives.

Central Pacific President Leland Stanford's coach arrived safely
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on May 10th, 1869 for the historic meeting with the Union Pacific's westbound train #119 at Promontory Summit. Spirits were high as a golden spike was hammered into the last rail symbolically joining the East and West Coasts, and Jupiter, the Schenectady-built locomotive crossed the newly joined track

Main Image: Jupiter at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. The park was established at Promontory Summit, Utah on April 2, 1957. In 1974, the National Park Service commissioned facsimiles of both Jupiter and the Union Pacific's engine #119. Both make regular demonstration runs.

Right: Posters advertising the grand opening of transcontinental service on the Central & Union Pacific Railroad Line.

Erected by Schenectady County, ACLO.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is April 2, 1957.
Location. 42° 49.527′ N, 73° 56.142′ W. Marker is in Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker can be reached from AlCO Heritage Trail, 0.1 miles west of River Street, on the left when traveling west. The marker is on the bike path behind the Rivers Casino. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 AlCO Heritage Trail, Schenectady NY 12308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
"Jupiter" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel
2. "Jupiter" Marker
distance of this marker. Casey Jones (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dewitt Clinton (about 600 feet away); Schenectady (about 600 feet away); The “Works” (about 700 feet away); Streamliners (about 800 feet away); "Big Boy" (approx. 0.2 miles away); ALCo's Legacy (approx. ¼ mile away); World War II (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schenectady.
Also see . . .  The Golden Spike. (Submitted on November 12, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2. submitted on November 13, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 4, 2023