Promontory in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
National Historic Site
National Park Service [Emblem]
Department of the Interior
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 41° 37.008′ N, 112° 33.044′ W. Marker is in Promontory, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker is on County Rd, in the median. Touch for map. at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Corinne UT 84307, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Southern Pacific Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Spike Driven (within shouting distance of this marker); Transforming Communication: from Coast to Coast (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Competition 1869 (about 300 feet away); May 10, 1869 (about 500 feet away); May 9, 1869 (about 500 feet away); The Locomotives of Golden Spike - Jupiter (about 500 feet away); The Locomotives of Golden Spike - No. 119 (about 500 feet away).
Regarding Golden Spike. Golden Spike
One of the most dramatic events in the history of human achievement was the meeting of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. The meeting of these two railroads meant the joining of a continent. The 2000 miles from the Missouri River to the Pacific was reduced to six days travel time instead of six months. Additionally, the cost of traveling across the continent was reduced from approximately $1000 down to a mere $70. The public at that time was fully aware of the dramatic implications of the joining of the railroads. The fanfare revolving around the meeting of the railroads at Promontory, Utah was equivalent to the public reaction to the Moon landing of a hundred years later in 1969.
When it became obvious in early 1869 that
In the days leading up to the meeting of the railroads, the rival work gangs of the two railroads competitively laid out rail at a pace that tried to outdo each other. One day the Union Pacific work crews would lay six miles of rails only to be outdone the following day by the mostly Chinese workers of the Central Pacific laying down seven miles of rails. Finally, the construction boss of the Central Pacific, Charles Crocker, boasted that his Chinese workers could lay down 10 miles of rail in one day. So confident was Crocker that this could be achieved that he bet $10,000 that it could be done and Thomas C. Durant, vice-president of Union Pacific took that bet. In an amazing feat, which has yet to be equaled even with today's modern techniques, the Central Pacific workers on April 28, 1869 were able lay the 10 miles of track in just 12 hours. This event helped to heighten the publics awareness of the impending
The meeting of the railroads was originally scheduled for May 8, 1869 but because of a delay in the arrival of officials from the Union Pacific, it was re-scheduled to May 10. A little after eleven in the morning of that day, Governor Leland Stanford of California arrived in his Central Pacific train. Meanwhile the train from the Union Pacific was drawing closer as more rails were laid. At about noontime the trains were close enough that the last tie could be laid down. This tie was made of California laurel and had a silver plate in the middle engraved with the date and the names of the railroad officials of the two companies.
Also see . . .
1. Golden Spike National Historic Site. History:Source National Park Service (Submitted on November 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The story of Jupiter and N0.119. National Park Service (Submitted on November 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Golden Spike National Historic Site. (Submitted on November 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
4. "Dot, Dot, Dot . . .Done" ::. Courtesy "Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum" - - here are many photos, news clippings, and other items. (Submitted on June 10, 2011.)
Categories. • Notable Events • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,887 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on February 22, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.