Promontory is an area of high ground in Box Elder County, Utah , United States, 32 mi (51 km) west of Brigham City and 66 mi (106 km) northwest of Salt Lake City . Rising to an elevation of 4,902 feet (1,494 m) above sea level, it lies to the north of the Promontory Mountains and the Great Salt Lake .
The rails from Promontory were recycled during World War II, but the spike itself lives on at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center . Promontory Summit is home to the Golden Spike National Historic Site, and the spike adorns Utah’s state quarter, unveiled in 2006.
From Ogden, the railroad went north of the Great Salt Lake to Brigham City and Corinne using Mormon workers, before finally connecting with the Central Pacific Railroad at Promontory Summit in Utah territory on May 10, 1869.
The spike is now displayed in the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.
Is Golden Spike NHS located at Promontory Point ? No. For unknown reasons, some reporters and railroad officials in 1869 wrote that the transcontinental railroad was completed at Promontory Point , and this falsehood has been perpetuated throughout history in textbooks, films, and all other forms of media.
President Leland Stanford
If you buy them online, used railroad spikes cost ROUGHLY (it will fluctuate) $. 80/ spike to $1.30/ spike – this doesn’t include shipping. Buying in bulk will get you a lower per unit price and will generally save you money on shipping. How much is that per pound of steel?
Today, most of the transcontinental railroad line is still in operation by the Union Pacific (yes, the same railroad that built it 150 years ago). Track has been reinstalled on some of the ROW around the Promontory National Historic Site.
In most cases, a contract for construction of a given amount of mileage would be made between the railroad and some individual, who then assigned it to the construction company . Payment for completed sections of track went to the railroad , which used the funds to pay its bills to the contractors.
director Donald Smith
One benefit of the transcontinental railroad was that it eliminated many risks of traveling cross -country. The Transcontinental Road was possible due to the Pacific Railroads Acts of 1862. The government authorized the construction to two companies: the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific.