Transcontinental Railroad and Promontory Point
The Native Americans were not happy that the railroad went through their land. They were forced onto reservations leaving many of their possessions and traditions behind.
The Central Pacific built the railroad beginning in the West heading East.
We have to build through rough and mountainous land!
It is very exhausting and we probably won't build as much as the Union Pacific.
We build our railroads on flat plains so we can get a lot more of the track built.
The Union Pacific built the railroad beginning in the East heading West.
It is quite nice! But I feel bad for the Central Pacific railroad company because they have to build through mountainous land.
Promontory Point, Utah, was where the Union Pacific railroad and the Central Pacific railroad connected. Here, Leland Stanford drove in the "Golden Spike" that would connect the two railroads and be remembered throughout history.
Welcome one and all to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad here at Promontory Point, Utah. This Golden Spike will be the finishing touch on the most useful type of transportation our country has ever owned!