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SPIKEA_030519_05.JPG: Part of the park lets you walk along the old railway route. You can see the old railway bed here. During the competition to get as many miles built before the official meeting place was decided (the companies were paid by mile constructed so they wanted to lay as much track as they could), the graders for the two railways actually passed each other and worked next to each other along 250 miles of the route. This is part of that overlapping area when the two railroads would be working side-by-side.
SPIKEA_030519_14.JPG: According to the park sign, "By April of 1869, the Union Pacific was working its Mormon and Irish graders day and night in order to meet the scheduled deadline for completion of the railroad. Below you is the last cut that they made along the transcontinental route. Cuts such as these were necessary to maintain a smooth and steady grade and to keep within the 2 percent maximum rise (186 feet per mile) mandated by the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862."
SPIKEA_030519_56.JPG: This is called the Chinaman's Arch. A natural arch, it supposedly represents the "strength and durability of the Chinese workers" who worked on the railroad line.
Wikipedia Description: Golden Spike National Historic Site
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Golden Spike National Historic Site is a U.S. National Historic Site located at Promontory Summit, north of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
It commemorates the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad where the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad met on May 10, 1869. The final joining of the rails spanning the continent was signified by the driving of a Golden spike.
The Golden Spike National Historic Site encompasses 2,735 acres (11 kmē). In 2002, it received 49,950 visitors. It was authorized as a National Historic Site on April 2, 1957 under non-federal ownership. It was authorized for federal ownership and administration by an act of Congress on July 30, 1965.
In 1978, a general master plan for the site was adopted with the goal of maintaining the site's scenic attributes as closely as possible to its appearance and characteristics in 1869. In 2006, a petition to the Board on Geographic Names resulted in a name change for Chinamans Arch, a 20-foot limestone arch at Golden Spike NHS. In honor of the 19th century Chinese railroad workers, the arch is now known as the Chinese Arch.
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2003 photos: Equipment this year: I decided my Epson digital camera wasn't quite enough for what I wanted. Since I already had Compact Flash chips for it, I had to find another camera which used CF chips. That brought me to buy the Fujifilm S602 Zoom in March 2003. A great digital camera, I used it exclusively for an entire year.
Trips this year: Three-week trip this year out west, mostly in Utah.
Number of photos taken this year: 68,000.
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