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The transcontinental railroad

Posted in Anniversary, Transport, Travel on Friday, 29 April 2011

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10 May marks the anniversary of the completion in 1869 of the transcontinental railroad, or Pacific Railroad, that linked the East and West coasts of the United States. The line was also popularly known as the Overland Route.

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The building of the Union Pacific railroad

Construction had begun in 1863 by the Central Pacific Railroad of California and the Union Pacific Railroad. The former broke ground on 8 January 1863 in Sacramento, California, and the last spike – or golden spike (a ceremonial spike donated by the governor of Arizona) – was driven into the ground at Promontory Summit, Utah, by Governor Leland Stanford, one of the key investors in the Central Pacific Railroad.

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