|May 10, 1869|
Promontory Summit, Utah Territory
The Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, on that day, forever connecting the east and west coasts of our vast and still fledgling nation.
|Two replicas of the original trains: the Union Pacific #119 and the Jupiter #60|
Judging from the photos my brother and sister-in-law took of them, these replicas are magnificent!
|My sister-in-law Kirsti posing with a train engineer in period garb|
Several walking trails and audio driving tours allow visitors to see the incredible efforts that were needed to construct this railroad over the summit.
|Tourists watching and filming the re-enactment|
My sister-in-law writes: "It really made you think about how important that was to the development of the United States. Suddenly you could move people and goods from one coast to the other in less than a week."
|The Train replicas have beautiful detailing|
|Jay, Kirsti, Nils, and Christian|
|Crowds jostling for good pictures of the re-enactment|
|Costumed Re-Enactors giving the tourists photo ops|
|My brother Jay|
Re-enactments probably began in the late 1940s, which led to an effort to preserve the site for posterity. Finally, in 1965, The Golden Spike National Historic Site came to be. The area is now administered by the National Park Service.
|My Nephew Christian|