Friday, May 10, 2019

150th Anniversary of the transcontinental railroad.

150th Anniversary of the joining of the rails of the first transcontinental railroad!

May 10, 1869 - May 10, 2019

Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad joined at Promontory Summit, Utah.

Congratulations to our ancestor, Lewis Metzler Clement (the engineer in charge of CPRR construction over the Sierra Nevada mountains of California), and to all the brave pioneers, including the entrepreneurs, engineers, and workers who toiled with him to build the greatest engineering project of the 19th century, entirely with manual labor.

Promontory, Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration
Joining the Rails at Promontory Summit, Utah, May 10, 1869.
Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration.