An engineering feat's 150th anniversary
From the Wall Street Journal
Linking of America's first Transcontinental Railroad in Utah was an earth-shaking event that we can only appreciate if we put ourselves in the shoes of the people who lived then, as explained in this fine Wall Street Journal piece. Just a few years after the end of the Civil War, the driving of the "golden spike" linking the two rail lines emanating from opposite directions had to be as "awesome" as going to the moon was to past generations.
See "Hell on Wheels,"
a TV historical and fictional series about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.
The Golden Spike
The final linking
Chinese workers built the western leg east from the Pacific
Irish, freed slaves and Civil War veterans built from the Missouri River west.
An engineering accomplishment extraordinaire!