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The Golden Spike: How a Photograph Celebrated the Transcontinental Railroad
The Golden Spike: How a Photograph Celebrated the Transcontinental Railroad
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The Golden Spike: How a Photograph Celebrated the Transcontinental Railroad

In the mid-1860s, as the Union Pacific Railroad headed westward from Nebraska, another company, the Central Pacific, pushed eastward from California. Their goal was to meet somewhere in between, forming a single railway line that would bridge the continent. That historic meeting took place in May 1869 in northern Utah, and photographer Andrew J. Russell was there to document the historic event. His work resulted in one of the most important photos of the 19th century and probably the most famous railroad image of all time. The photo, often called “East and West,” was viewed by a worldwide audience and affirmed that railroads were at the cutting edge of transportation technology. The continent was now linked.

PublisherCompass Point Books
Age Level10-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 5-9
SubjectTransportation, History
Trim Size9 1/4 x 10 1/4
Page Count64



School Library Journal - Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

"These latest additions in this series are every bit as excellent as their predecessors. . . .Both books feature well-written and accessible text, but it is the stunning photography that will keep readers entranced. Informative and downright gorgeous." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2015

Booklist - Julia Smith

"Top 10 Continuing Series! The stunning books in this series view history through the lens of groundbreaking photographs, zooming in on iconic moments and then placing them in greater historical context. Look for series subsets in world history and sports, too." - Booklist

October 1, 2016

Don Nardo

Don Nardo

Noted historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about American history. Nardo lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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