Sunday, November 20, 2022

"Where are the precious spikes of the Transcontinental Railroad?"

"Where are the precious spikes of the Transcontinental Railroad?" by Matthew Nobert, California State Railroad Museum Federation, © Nexstar Media Inc., Nov 19, 2022. (News Article)

"[1] ... Leland Stanford Junior University would receive The Last Spike ['May 8, 1869'] in 1892 when David Hewes donated it to the university. Today it resides in the universities Cantor Arts Center. ... [2] In November 2005, the California State Railroad Museum purchased the ['May 10, 1869' lost] spike ... [with] the spur at the tip of the spike ... and have it on display today at their location in Old Town Sacramento. ... [3] The second golden spike that Stanford was given during the ceremony was commissioned by Frederick Marriott, founder of the San Francisco News Letter. ... given to a Union Pacific dignitary or sent back to the News Letter where it may have been destroyed in the 1906 fire of San Francisco. [4] The Silver Spike of Nevada ... was sent back to Virginia City ... Today the silver spike lives along side The Last Spike at Candor Arts Center at Stanford University. ... [5] Arizona’s Governor Anson P.K. Safford commissioned a iron spike to be plated on the top in gold and the lower section in silver. ... today it is on display at the Museum of the City of New York. ... " [More]

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