Quarterly Social Event: 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad
The Transcontinental Railroad, sometimes referred to as the Overland Route, took six years to complete and joined the Atlantic and Pacific coasts for the first time. On May 10, 1869, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroad lines joined 1776 miles of rail at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory.
Let’s celebrate this 150th anniversary by watching the History Channel documentary ‘Modern Marvels: Transcontinental Railroad’ (available on YouTube) and discussing with our NARBW sisters how transportation and society were changed by this amazing accomplishment.
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The Last Spike, a painting by Thomas Hill, depicts the May 10th, 1869 celebration in Promontory, Utah. (see CPRR.org for detailed information about who is depicted in this scene).