"CPRR Shovel Preserved"
Are you folks familiar with this piece of lore? Any idea where the shovel went? I did a google, no luck.
—Chuck Hatler, Kansas City, MO
1882 02 12 CPRR Shovel Preserved S-NL
1882, 12 Feb: C. P. Railroad Shovel Preserved
The Reno Gazette gives the following account of an interesting railroad relic:
The shovel, which broke ground for the Central Pacific Railroad is carefully preserved and may be seen in the private office of Huntington & Hopkins' store in Sacramento. It is polished brightly and the handle is varnished. It is one of the long handled, Mark Hopkins- brand. A silver plate on the handle bears these words:
Alpha. This shovel was used to cast the first earth in the construction of the Central Pacific railroad at the inauguration ceremonies, January 8, 1863.
(Butte Daily Miner, M.T.)