Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Golden Spike at the Stanford University Cantor Arts Center

"Stanford's Cantor Arts Center partners with the Google Art Project, an international online art gallery: More than 100 high-resolution images from the Cantor are now available for in-depth research and examination." by ROBIN WANDER, © Stanford Report, April 3, 2013. (Article)

" ... History is also represented in the Cantor images. A golden spike, also knows as The Last Spike, dated 1869 and forged at the William T. Garrett Foundry in San Francisco, is the ceremonial spike linking the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. ... it is difficult to read the elegant but faint engraving (May God continue the unity of our Country, as this Railroad unites the two great Oceans of the world) without the aid of Google's zoom feature. Another bit of California and Stanford history submitted to the project is a sweet 6-by-5-inch daguerreotype of Jane Stanford as a very young girl with her mother, father and brother. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction: Contrary to what is stated in the above linked article, the soft pure gold spike was slightly damaged by being hit by army officers while in transit after the ceremony.

4/03/2013 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The spike engraving states that the Pacific Railroad was completed on May 8th, 1869, but due to a delay (UPRR's Durant was being held hostage in his rail car until his workers were paid), the actual completion date when the ceremony was held was May 10, 1869.

4/03/2013 11:29 AM  

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