It was this week in history that the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, joined together with a golden railroad spike. On May 10, 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in Promontory, Utah, to drive the ceremonial golden spike into a rail line that connected their railroads, and united the Continental U.S.
Below, I’d like to share some historical railroading photos, sent to me by a good friend:
A group of Minnesotans gamble on their way to San Francisco, 1952
Washington, D.C., 1967
Winding down the Feather River Valley, California, 1981
“Highballin!” In Montana, on the way to Spokane, from Denver, 1986
Self-portrait, Colorado, 1986