On May 10, 1869, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railways met at Promontory Point, Utah. On that day, with a silver sledge, a golden spike was driven by Leland Stanford, president of the Central Pacific, to celebrate the linkage. The golden spike was promptly removed for preservation.
After Stanford drove the spike, the Central Pacific’s locomotive Jupiter and the Union Pacific’s 119 moved toward each other until their noses touched and engineers of the two trains exchanged bottles of champagne in celebration.
The railway line had been built in just over three years, by 20,000 workmen. Continued