"Golden Spike" is the ceremonial final spike driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the The Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The original Golden Spike on display at the Cantor Arts Museum, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
From Simple Steam to Burly Turbines: 150 Years of Great American Trains
150 Years of Great American Trains - Union Pacific 119 - On May 10, 1869, Central Pacific Railroad chief Leland Stanford used a golden hammer to pound a single golden spike into the ground, joining the tracks of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in Promontory Summit, Utah. Beside Stanford were two trains -- the Central Pacific's Jupiter, and the Union Pacific's 119.