Golden Spike Monument
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About Golden Spike Monument
I recently took some shots of the Golden Spike, a monument that was the subject of many childhood school trips and projects. The 56 ft. monument is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and was constructed in 1939 as a promo for the film Union Pacific. The actual Golden Spike event that this monument commemorates happened in Utah, a considerable distance from Council Bluffs. There’s also some fabulous controversy regarding the story of the Golden Spike.
More on the real golden spike
“The “Golden Spike” (also known as “The Last Spike”) is the ceremonial final spike driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The term “Last Spike” has been used to refer to one driven at the usually ceremonial completion of any new railroad construction projects, particularly those in which construction is undertaken from two disparate origins towards a meeting point. The “Last Spike” now lies in the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.” –More from Wikipedia