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. Includes 75 historic B&W photographs and one map.
Introduction, pp. 2-6;
May 10, 1869, pp. 7-14;
The Promontory Branch, pp. 15-28;
Un-Driving the Golden Spike, pp. 29-44;
Years of Desolation and Re-enactments, pp. 45-56;
The Golden Spike Centennial, pp. 57-70;
Golden Spike National Historic Site, pp. 71-78;
Bibliography, pg. 79;
Index, pg. 80.
South Platte Press, softcover, 80 pages, 9.5 x 8.5 x .25 in., 75 B&W photographs, 1 map.