US marks 150 years of Transcontinental railroad


One of many seminal occasions to unify the younger United States is being commemorated within the state of Utah.

Crowds gathered to witness a re-enactment of the day 150 years in the past when a golden spike was hammered into place to finish the Transcontinental railway, linking the east and west coasts.

The Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railways joined collectively at Promontory Summit, 66 miles northwest of Salt Lake Metropolis

The transport hyperlink slashed journey occasions from months to per week, and shortly unfold Anglo-European affect.

Men re-enact the historic Champagne Toast with the Jupiter (L) and the 119 steam engines meet on the railway linePicture copyright
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Males re-enact the second the 2 railway traces had been linked

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A reproduction of the historic 119 steam locomotive rolls throughout Promontory Summit

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Crowds watch as replicas of the historic Jupiter and No 119 steam locomotives meet on the 150th anniversary

The anniversary was marked by speeches, music and a re-enactment of the ‘golden spike’ second.

When the 2 trains met in 1869, crewmen had been pictured toasting the second with bottles of whiskey.

The achievement was introduced throughout the nation by telegraph with the single-word message “accomplished.”

Whereas the railway boosted financial growth, it additionally displaced Native American Tribes, and a few 1,200 Chinese language railway employees died through the development course of.

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Again within the day, the achievement was introduced throughout the nation through telegraph

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The Jupiter (left) and the 119 steam engines make their approach into place

The Pacific Railway Act was signed in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln.

Two corporations had been granted land rights and grants to construct railways.

The Central Pacific Railroad began in Sacramento, California whereas the Union Pacific Railroad began in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Each met at Promontory Summit on Could 10 in 1869.

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