Sunday, October 18, 2015

"Union Pacific Museum has 'hidden gem' from Golden Spike ceremony"

"Union Pacific Museum has 'hidden gem' from Golden Spike ceremony" by Tim Rohwer, © The Daily Nonpareil, October 18, 2015. (News Article)

" ... On display ... is one of the three ceremonial golden spikes ... that were tapped into place by a special silver ... hammer into a laurelwood tie ... a fine wood ... you would use for furniture ... the Golden Spike and the Nevada Silver Spike [were] given to Central Railroad President Leland Stanford. ... The Arizona Gold and Silver [spike] was given to [Union Pacific Railroad] President Oliver Ames, who took it back to New York City, then the railroad’s headquarters. Years later, after Ames’ death, his family donated the spike to the Museum of the City of New York, which owns the spike. ... The spike has been on display since the UP Museum opened in 2003 on a permanent loan ... [with] a ring featuring gold that came from the Golden Spike, as well as watchfobs used on pocket watches. ... " [More]

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