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

September 1869

 
 
September 1869 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2014
1. September 1869 Marker
Inscription. Four months after completion, Promontory was a notorious boomtown composed of hotels, saloons, and gambling tents with a few stores and shops. Transcontinental passengers changed trains here until mid-1870. Many were victimized by resident gamblers and con artists. Newspaperman J.H. Beadle noted of the town: “4,900 feet above sea level, though theologically speaking, if we interpret scripture literally, it ought to have been 49,000 feet below sea level, for it certainly was for its size, morally nearest to the infernal regions of any town on the road.”
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 41° 37.071′ N, 112° 33.127′ W. Marker is near Corinne, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker is on Golden Spike Road (22000 West Road) near 6400 North Road. 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. September 8, 1942 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Locomotives of Golden Spike - Jupiter (within shouting distance of this marker); May 10, 1869 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Locomotives of Golden Spike - No. 119
September 1869 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2014
2. September 1869 Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); May 9, 1869 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named September 1869 (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Spike Driven (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Competition 1869 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinne.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in the exhibit area behind 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 206 times since then and 47 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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