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Un-Driving of the Golden Spike, The
Jeff Terry, Thornton Waite, James Reisdo
South Platte Press
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2013-10-29 14:15:54
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The Un-Driving of the Golden Spike

By Jeff Terry, Thornton Waite, James Reisdorff.

Softcover, 10x8 horizontal format, 80 pages, 75 photos, map. 2013.

"The driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, located in the high desert region of northern Utah, marked the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869.

"Seventy-three years later, on September 8, 1942, the Golden Spike was "un-driven" at Promontory Summit during a brief ceremony that largely replicated the original event in reverse.

"The tracks were then torn up for military use during World War II, whereafter Promontory Summit was largely forgotten.

"This is the illustrated story of the un-driving of the Golden Spike in 1942 and the various personalities involved. It's also the story of a century-long struggle to have America rediscover the significance of Promontory Summit, which culminated in the establishment of the Golden Spike National Historic Site."