THE LAST SPIKE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the last spike?
On May 10 1869 the Central Pacific and Union Pacific
railroads finally met at Promontory, Utah.
Leland Stanford, the president of the Central Pacific Railroad, had the honor of
driving the last spike or golden spike in a ceremony that day thus connecting
the United States from coast to coast.
The golden spike was then removed and replaced with
a regular iron spike. Leland Stanford presented the spike to the Stanford Museum
The spike is engraved on all four sides as follows:
- "The Pacific Railroad ground broken Jany. 8th
1863, and completed May 8th 1869."
- "Directors of the C. P. R. R. of Cal. Hon. Leland
Stanford. C. P. Huntington. E. B. Crocker. Mark Hopkins. A. P. Stanford. E. H.
- "Officers. Hon. Leland Stanford. Presdt. C. P.
Huntington Vice Presdt. E. B. Crocker. Atty. Mark Hopkins. Tresr. Chas Crocker
Gen. Supdt. E. H. Miller Jr. Secty. S. S. Montague. Chief Engr."
- "May God continue the unity of our Country, as
the Railroad unites the two great Oceans of the world. Presented by David
Hewes San Francisco."
Just for the record, the golden spike is not pure
gold, but rather a mixture of alloys, as gold is too soft to to be hit with a
hammer. It is in fact 73% gold and weighs 14.03 troy ounces.
The Last Spike
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