, Utah, USA - 1869 - May 10 - The Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation. (Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah)
THE PACIFIC RAILROAD.
The Last Rail Land and the Last Spike Driven.
San Francisco and New York Linked to Each Other.
Celebration of the Event Throughout the United States.
Official Announcement of the Completion of the Road - The Point of Junction.
PROMONTORY SUMMIT, UTAH, May 10, 1869.
The last rail is laid - the last spike driven. The Pacific Railroad is completed.
The point of junction is 1,086 miles west of the Missouri river and 690 miles east of Sacramento City.
LELAND STANFORD, Central Pacific Railroad.
JOHN DAFF, Union Pacific Railroad.
Hour at Which the Last Spike Was Driven - Places Connected With.
PROMONTORY POINT, Utah, May 10, 1869.
The last spike in the Pacific Railroad was driven to-day at five minutes past three o'clock P.M., New York time. The following places were thus connected with Promontory Point: - San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, New York, Boston, and Plaister Cove.
The Celebration at Promontory.
PROMONTORY, Utah, May 10, 1869.
The long-looked for moment has arrived. The construction of the Pacific Railroad is un fait accomph. The inhabitants of the Atlantic board and the dwellers on the Pacific slope are henceforth emphatically one people. I write on Promontory Summit, amid the deafening shouts of the multitude, with the tick, tick of the telegraph close to my ear.
The proceedings of the day are: -
1. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Todd, of Pittsfield, asking the favor of Heaven upon the enterprise.
2. Laying of two rails, one opposite the other - one for the Union Pacific Railroad and one for the Central Pacific Railroad.
3. Presentation of spikes to the two companies - on the part of California by Dr. Harkness, on the part of Nevada by Hon. F. A. Fritle, and on the part of Arizona by Governor Safford.
4. Response by Governor Stanford on the part of the Central Pacific Railroad.
5. Response by General G. M. Dodge on the part of the Union Pacific Railroad.
6. Driving of the last spikes by the two companies, telegraph to be attached to the last spike of the Central Pacific Company, and the last blow to announce to the world by telegraph the completion of the Pacific Railroad.
7. Telegram to the President of the United States.
8. Telegram to the Associated Press.
The New York Herald
New York, New York
May 11, 1869
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