May 10: A Golden Spike Connects the Nation
On this date in 1869, a golden spike was driven to connect the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in a ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. We’ve assembled a collection of railroad photographs, illustrations, maps, and literature for teaching about the history of railroads in US.
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In Chapter 26 of Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne describes a trip across the continent via the Pacific Railroad, including the account of a three-hour delay due to a herd of buffalo crossing the tracks. Lit2Go Duration: 8 minutes, 42 seconds.
Thirty-five years before the golden spike signaled the completion of a railroad across the Rocky Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad crossed tho Allegheny Mountains via an unusual combination of barges and inclines, cutting travel between Philadelphia and the Ohio River from weeks to just days. From the ClipPix ETC website.