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Near Promontory in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Southern Pacific Monument

Golden Spike National Historic Site

 
 
The Southern Pacific Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 29, 2013
1. The Southern Pacific Monument Marker
Inscription.  
An Icon Restored
In 1965, the National Park Service assumed ownership of the aging monument, which had been damaged by years of weathering and vandalism. The interior had also been severely damaged by ground water that had wicked up into the monument through its buried base. Early restoration attempts unintentionally contributed to the damage by using materials that did not allow for evaporation of water trapped inside the monument. Based on state of the art technology, the National Park Service began a new repair process in 2001. Restoration and preservation steps included:
  • Removing the concrete monument from the ground to prevent further moisture absorption and allowing it to dry
  • Transferring the monument to its present location
  • Replacing old stucco, paint, and patches with a new, breathable masonry coating
  • Protecting the monument through regularly scheduled maintenance

Significance of the Monument
In 1916, the Southern Pacific Railroad (formerly the Central Pacific Railroad) placed the monument near the site where the nation's first transcontinental railroad was completed.
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For decades, it stood there, a lonely reminder of the driving of the last spike on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. Today, the handsomely restored monument remains an icon of westward expansion, the settlement of northern Utah and commemorates an historic event that transformed America.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker and monument is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Southern Pacific Railroad, and the Transcontinental Railroad series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1768.
 
Location. 41° 37.038′ N, 112° 33.054′ W. Marker is near Promontory, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker can be reached from Golden Spike Road, 0.1 miles south of 6400 N Road. Marker is located in front of visitor center to Golden Spike National Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corinne UT 84307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stephen Tyng Mather (here, next to this marker); Golden Spike (here, next to this marker); Evolution of Rail (a few steps from this marker); Last Spike Driven (within shouting distance of this marker); Transforming Communication: from Coast to Coast
Close-up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 29, 2013
2. Close-up of Photo on Marker
Caption: The "Last Spike" monument, c. 1927, pictured in its original location near the site where the nation's first transcontinental railroad was completed at Promontory Summit.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Original Rail (within shouting distance of this marker); Irish Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Competition 1869 (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Also see . . .  Golden Spike National Historic Site. National Park Service website. (Submitted on July 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Close-up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 29, 2013
3. Close-up of Photo on Marker
Caption: Years of weathering caused the concrete monument to crack, splinter, and chip
The Southern Pacific Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 29, 2013
4. The Southern Pacific Monument Marker
Southern Pacific Monument in background
Southern Pacific Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 29, 2013
5. Southern Pacific Monument
Transferred location of monument in front of Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 917 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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