Transcontinental Railroad

Transcontinental Railroad (HMNXG)

Location: Salt Lake City, UT 84103 Salt Lake County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 46.161', W 111° 54.165'

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As western settlement increased, the need for an overland railroad was voiced by various groups, including Utah pioneers who petitioned Congress, Mar. 1852. The Enabling Act of 1862 authorized construction. First rails laid by Central Pacific in Sacramento, Cal. Oct. 26, 1863; by Union Pacific near Omaha, Neb. July 10, 1865. Strong and determined men hewed the iron road to complete a gigantic task that ended with driving of the Golden Spike at Promotory, Utah May 10, 1869. In lieu of cash settlement on his contract, Brigham Young accepted as partial payment from Union Pacific $600,000 in iron and rolling stock, with which Utah Central Railroad was built, Ogden to Salt Lake City, and dedicated Jan. 10, 1870.
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series, and the Transcontinental Railroad series.
Marker Number358
Year Placed1969
Placed ByDaughters of Utah Pioneers - Central Camp
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 423812 N 4513545
Decimal Degrees40.76935000, -111.90275000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 46.161', W 111° 54.165'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 46' 9.66" N, 111° 54' 9.90" W
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Area Code(s)801
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9-31 N 400 W, Salt Lake City UT 84103, US
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