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150th Gold Spike Celebration

Gov. Leland Stanford Locomotive

Gov. Leland Stanford Locomotive

On May 10, 1869, Leland Stanford participated in the ceremonial driving of the last railroad spike, a gold spike, that made the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad possible. The Stanford Historical Society will examine this legacy in a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.


Photos: Scenes from the Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Celebration and festival at Promontory Summit. Ogden Standard-Examiner  05/11/2019 

Photos: 150 years ago, America was United by Train. Bloomberg. 05/09/2019

Stanford Libraries Transcontinental Railroad Exhibit (photos, oral histories, maps, survey, payroll records, and more). University Archives and Special Collections.

ARTEFFECTS: Reno Philharmonic commissions work for 150th anniversary of completion of the Transcontinental Railroad (video). KNPB. 2/16/2018

Transcontinental Railroad marks 150th anniversary (audio). Capital Public Radio. 2/09/2018

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