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

Last Spike Driven

Noon…Monday…May 10th, 1869

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2014
1. Last Spike Driven Marker
Captions: (top right) Leland Stanford, Central Pacific Railroad President, and former governor of California. Dr. Thomas Durant, Union Pacific Railroad Vice-President, and President of Credit Mobilier of America.
Inscription. A rough crowd had gathered at the far set of tracks 15 yards ahead. Six million spikes and six years’ work lay behind them. Now, only one section of rails was left undone. The honor of ceremonially “finishing” the Pacific railroad with a spike maul hot-wired to the telegraph line fell to two railroad barons who had spearheaded the roadbuilding: Stanford and Durant.

Speeches were given and then a lengthy prayer. Governor Stanford stepped up, took the hammer, swung, and missed. Then Dr. Durant took his turn… and also missed the spike. With each swing of the mauls, the crowd of workingmen broke into spontaneous applause.

James Strobridge and Samuel Reek, the crew bosses of the two roads, then took up un-wired mauls and divided the last blows between them, as the air exploded with hurrahs.

With those last few swings, the billion-dollar dream of the world’s first transcontinental railroad became a reality.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 41° 37.05′ N, 112° 33.061′ W. Marker is near Corinne, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker can be reached from Golden Spike Road (22000 West Road near 6400 North Road, on the right when traveling
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By AA. Hart, May 10, 1869
2. Last Spike Driven Marker
west. Touch for map. 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. Jubilation Coast to Coast (here, next to this marker); Competition 1869 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Southern Pacific Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); May 9, 1869 (within shouting distance of this marker); May 10, 1869 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Locomotives of Golden Spike - No. 119 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Locomotives of Golden Spike - Jupiter (within shouting distance of this marker); Golden Spike (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinne.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located behind the Golden Spike Visitors Center.
 
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1. Driving the Last Spike - CPRR.org. The central actors then took their places. Mills, who acted as master of ceremony, called the group to order, and introduced the Rev. J. Todd from Massachusetts for the invocation, which took about 2 minutes. At this point, at 12:27, the operator told the system that 3 dots would indicate the first blow and "done" the last blow, and "hats off" during the prayer. During the next 13 minutes the following events must have taken place: (Submitted on February 20, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Driving the Golden Spike - Toy Man Television (Youtube). This is a 9 minute video clip featuring a reenactment of the Driving of the Golden Spike. (Submitted on February 20, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 20, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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