Huntington in Baker County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Last Spike
The Last Spike was driven on November 25. Henry Thielsen, O.R.& N. Chief Engineer, set the spike, E.C. Smeed, U.P. Assistant Chief Engineer, struck the first blow, other dignitaries tapped the spike in place with a small hammer. Trains began running on December 1, 1884, between Portland and Omaha, Nebraska, giving Oregon its most direct connection with the East.
Location. 44° 21.093′ N, 117° 16.02′ W. Marker is in Huntington, Oregon, in Baker County. Marker is on Washinton Street East (Business U.S. 30) near 1st Street East, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Washington Street East, Huntington OR 97907, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Van Ornum Wagon Train Massacre (here, next to this marker); Van Ornum Massacre (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Van Ornum Wagon Train Massacre Farewell Bend Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 3.9 miles away); Farewell Bend (approx. 3.9 miles away); Remnants of the Oregon Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away); Weatherby Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 11.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is Lee Stevenson Memorial Lions Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.