First Transcontinental Railroad

First Transcontinental Railroad (HM1N69)

Location: Strasburg, CO 80136 Arapahoe County
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N 39° 44.23', W 104° 19.883'

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A continuous chain of rails, from the Atlantic to the Pacific had long been a vision of pioneer railroaders and frontier tamers. It became a reality at 3:00 pm on August 15, 1870 at a point 928 feet east of railroad milepost 602, near Comanche Crossing. Named for a usually dry but sometimes rampaging creek, Comanche Crossing is about 3/4 of a mile east of present day Strasburg, Colorado. The last rails were spiked by Kansas Pacific Railroad crews driving west from Kansas and East from Denver to give the nation its first truly continuous coast-to-coast rail road. On the final day, the crews laid a record breaking 10 1/4 miles of track in 9 hours, to win a barrel of whiskey which canny foremen had placed midway in the final gap.

Entered in the National Register of Historic Places 8/10/70
Erected by Comanche Crossing Historical Society 2008
HM NumberHM1N69
Year Placed2008
Placed ByComanche Crossing Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 557291 N 4398799
Decimal Degrees39.73716667, -104.33138333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.23', W 104° 19.883'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 13.8" N, 104° 19' 52.98" W
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Area Code(s)303
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 56010 E Colfax Ave, Strasburg CO 80136, US
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