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.]