“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

The Last Spike

The Last Spike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
1. The Last Spike Marker
Inscription.  This site is near where workers drove the last spike which completed the railroad between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Los Angeles, California. It was driven on January 30, 1905. This was the last "transcontinental" line to Southern California and one of the last lines built to the Pacific Coast. There was no formal celebration at the time of the last spike. The men on the spot 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, as the men in charge laid out the town and established a division point there, taking advantage of a good supply of water.

[Text from the Nevada Office of Historic Preservation Website - ]
Erected by State Historic Preservation Office. (Marker Number 195.)
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 35° 49.429′ N, 115° 17.248′ W. Marker was near Jean, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker was on Las Vegas Boulevard South (at milepost 9), on the right
The Last Spike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
2. The Last Spike Marker
Marker post is in center of photo.
when traveling north. Marker is 0.14 miles north of railroad underpass. Touch for map. Marker was 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 location, 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.
More about this marker. All that is left is just the base of the marker.
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 to this marker for grammar and readability.
The Last Spike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
3. The Last Spike Marker
Small pull-off near marker location.
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.) 
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,229 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 31, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of marker before going missing. • Correction of marker text if needed. • Can you help?
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