Friday, February 04, 2005

Re: How many Stars did the Flag have that flew at the original Golden Spike ceremony? 02/04/05 10:40AM >>>

The question about the appearance of the flag at Promontory brings up a host of questions about the summit on May 10, 1869. Don’t know if the group wants to tackle more such questions, but a review of the article by J. N. Bowman published in 1956 may be a vehicle for exploring assumptions about the scene, ceremony and impedimenta. Some of my thoughts are in the attached. I'm out the next couple weeks,

Bob Spude * Historian * Cultural Resources Management * National Park Service * Intermountain Region * 505.988.6770 Voice * 505.988.6876 Fax

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Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

I think the discussion group will be interested in your material and questions. I'm forwarding them to the group.

Interesting to note it was the CP telegrapher who put the flag on the pole - early in the morning. Perhaps the flag DID come with the CP train - perhaps it was purchased with the other flags in Sacramento.


Note my NEW address of

Kyle K. Wyatt
Curator of History & Technology
California State Railroad Museum

2/04/2005 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Feb 4, 2005, at 7:28 PM, Larry Mullaly wrote:

Thank you. Very nice work!


2/04/2005 4:55 PM  

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