April 28, 1869: Railway workers for the Central Pacific Railroad lay 10 miles of track in a single day. A horde of Irish and Chinese laborers accomplished the task, using 5 trainloads of materials, and setting a record that has not been beaten to this day. Photo is of the ceremonial "Golden Spike" driven on May 10th of the same year, celebrating the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
As the two railroads were set to meet in Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 8, 1869, Union Pacific Vice President Thomas C. Durant was stuck in his train. His car wheels had been chained to the tracks in Wyoming by a tie cutter crew demanding their back wages.
On May 10, 1869, the "golden spike" connects the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, making transcontinental travel in the U.S. possible. Click the photo to see it placed in Google Street View.
Golden Spike 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 the ceremonial Golden Spike.
Chinese Workers for Central Pacific Railroad: The white European workers seemed to only be interested in working long enough to earn money for a pick and a claim... Gold fever prevailed among them. The Chinese worked twice as hard and faster.