Last Spike Driven

Last Spike Driven (HM1J9I)

Location: Corinne, UT 84307 Box Elder County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 37.05', W 112° 33.061'

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Noon...Monday...May 10th, 1869

A rough crowd had gathered at the far set of tracks 15 yards ahead. Six million spikes and six years' work lay behind them. Now, only one section of rails was left undone. The honor of ceremonially "finishing" the Pacific railroad with a spike maul hot-wired to the telegraph line fell to two railroad barons who had spearheaded the roadbuilding: Stanford and Durant.
Speeches were given and then a lengthy prayer. Governor Stanford stepped up, took the hammer, swung, and missed. Then Dr. Durant took his turn... and also missed the spike. With each swing of the mauls, the crowd of workingmen broke into spontaneous applause.
James Strobridge and Samuel Reek, the crew bosses of the two roads, then took up un-wired mauls and divided the last blows between them, as the air exploded with hurrahs.
With those last few swings, the billion-dollar dream of the world's first transcontinental railroad became a reality.
HM NumberHM1J9I
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 370780 N 4608470
Decimal Degrees41.61750000, -112.55101667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 37.05', W 112° 33.061'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 37' 3" N, 112° 33' 3.66" W
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Area Code(s)435
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 22000 W Rd, Corinne UT 84307, US
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