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

Jubilation Coast to Coast

 
 
Jubilation Coast to Coast Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2014
1. Jubilation Coast to Coast Marker
Caption: San Francisco, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Omaha, and many other cities erupted in celebration for the greatest engineering achievement of 19th-century America.
Inscription. For four years Americans closely followed the progress of the Pacific railroad in their newspapers, anxious to see it completed. By May 1869, intense attention was focused on this desolate corner of northern Utah. The entire country was eager for word that the last spike had been driven.

A telegraph signal sent from the tracks just 100 yards ahead triggered a truly transcontinental extravaganza. As the word went out over the wires, the nation went wild. In city after city, church bells rang, trains hooted, fire engines howled, gongs clanged, and cannons thundered. Citizen thronged the streets to watch parades. People sang The Star-Spangled Banner, prayed, and shouted themselves hoarse. Countless orators hailed this as a “great day” of national destiny.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 41° 37.05′ N, 112° 33.06′ 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 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. Last Spike Driven (here, next to this marker); Competition 1869 (a few steps from 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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinne.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located near the back entrance of the Golden Spike Visitors Center.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
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 231 times since then and 62 times this year. Photo   1. 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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