Transcontinental Railroad ~ 358
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 40° 46.161 W 111° 54.165
12T E 423812 N 4513544
Quick Description: The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1867 at Promontory Summit (NOT Promontory Point) not far north of here. But rails did not reach Salt Lake City until 1870.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 9/16/2010 3:54:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM9Q01
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member JacobBarlow
Views: 14

Long Description:
As western settlement increased, the need for an overland railroad was voiced by various groups, including Utah pioneers who petitioned Congress, Mar. 1852. The Enabling Act of 1862 authorized construction. First rails laid by Central Pacific in Sacramento, Cal. Oct. 26, 1863; by Union Pacific near Omaha, Neb. July 10, 1865. Strong and determined men hewed the iron road to complete a gigantic task that ended with driving of the Golden Spike at Promotory, Utah May 10, 1869. In lieu of cash settlement on his contract, Brigham Young accepted as partial payment from Union Pacific $600,000 in iron and rolling stock, with which Utah Central Railroad was built, Ogden to Salt Lake City, and dedicated Jan. 10, 1870.
Marker Name: Transcontinental Railroad

Marker Number: 358

Marker Text:
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