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Savage & Ottinger
Promontory Summit and the Laying of the Last Rail.
3 x 3 in (7.6 x 7.6 cm), each ca.
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, May 15, 2008, #2146, Lot 255)
The completion of the first transcontinental railroad in Promontory Pont, Utah was one of the most signficant events in American history, marking a focus on western expansion that would continue well into the 20th-century. Representatives from the Union and Central Pacific railroads are in attendance as well as local dignitaries and workers. To properly commemorate the occasion, the last spike tying the rails was made of solid gold.