Great Railway Journeys of the World: Coast to Coast – Golden Spike Sequence
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Great Railway Journeys of the World: Coast to Coast – Golden Spike Sequence

August 9, 2019


Ladies and gentlemen. On behalf of the officials of both railroads, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, I bid you welcome. We are met today to commemorate
the completion of a project which is a remarkable example of the vision, the determination, and the labor
of thousands of men in a union which this day shall be consummated forever. We are assembled here
to link the ends of the earth, to complete a new and shorter route
between Europe and the Orient, and to join the raw riches of the American West with the finished products of our industrial East. It’s also noteworthy that the Pacific Railroad
was completed six years ahead of the time allotted for its construction.
How ’bout that, yeah! The brains, the sweat, and the muscle of
thousands of men have joined in this great venture under the guidance of Almighty God. But it is with profound sorrow that we remember and pay homage to the hundreds of men who, in completion of the Pacific Railroad, gave their lives. I should like to draw to your attention this spike. On three of the sides are the
names of railroad officials and on the fourth side is this sentence: “May God continue the unity of our country as this railroad unites
the two great oceans of the world.”

1 Comment

  • Reply Levi Davis March 5, 2018 at 3:51 am

    It was a "classic".

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