We were in Tremonton, Utah and saw signs to Promontory Summit – thirty miles. It sounded like an enticing drive for two visitors from the East, remembering history of the Wild West. Those old-timers could not possibly have planned to have the transcontinental tracks meet at the top of a mountain. If they had planned it, they would have preferred the level land of the Salt Lake Basin below that spreads for miles and miles.
However, after blasting through solid rock mountains, at times only eighteen inches a day, they met here at the peak of this mountain, and the rest is history. It was an unbelievable race between two rail companies and an incredible accomplishment for those early Americans. These are replicas of the original engines that met. We saw a wonderful reenactment of the original “Golden Spike Ceremony” on 2 August 2008.
Visit Neddy’s Archives for more of Edna’s writings.