Photograph of Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory, Utah, 05/10/1869

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Title: Photograph of Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory, Utah, 05/10/1869

Production Date: May 10, 1869

Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Office of the Secretary. Office of Information. (1925 - ca. 1981)

Golden Spike ceremony; 16-G-99-1-1, Still Picture Records; Photographs and other Graphic Materials; Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture; Record Group 16; National Archives.

On May 10, 1869, in a ceremony at Promontory, Utah, the last rails were laid and the last spike driven, completing the first transcontinental railroad through the United States.

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dbrauer43, bukwrm57, J*DAWSON..., and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. artland 36 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


  2. Fouaustral 30 months ago | reply

    Small as my contribution might be: I have added the name of one person in this picture. Abraham Hunsaker was a great-great-granduncle of mine.

  3. The U.S. National Archives 30 months ago | reply

    Wow, Thanks Fouaustral! It's great when we can identify even one person in the photo.

    U.S. National Archives

  4. trailblazer7878 14 months ago | reply

    I am Brent Hunsaker and Abraham Hunsaker was my great-great grandfather!

  5. Fouaustral 14 months ago | reply

    Isn't that awesome! Hello cousin!

  6. hfagenealogist 4 months ago | reply

    We have a steroptican photo taken just before or after the A.J Russell photo with notation made by J.W Calder (Joseph) local resident, listing H.M. Hoxie and H.A. Evans in the photo. In our photo, the bottles are reversed, one on the left is two bottles and single bottle on the right. Since camera is visible on the lower right of the picture, we assume it is Russell's camera and our photo may have been taken by Joseph Calder.

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