The next time you are in Sacramento, you should stop by the California State Railroad Museum in Old Town Sacramento. The museum is part of a huge area that looks and feels like the wild west.
The museum was able to aquire on consignment, the lost golden spike of the Transcontinental Railroad... It was thought to not exist, but after five generations, the Hewes family had it for five generations. The original spike is housed at Stanford.
This picture is of May 10th, 1869 in Promontory Utah... Where the symbolic spike was driven into a polished cross tie. The painting is by Thomas Hill, and oil-on canvas painting titled, "The Last Spike"
This is a picture of the two locomotives meeting... Again in Utah. At the ceremony of the joining of the transcontinental railroad.
And here it is, in all of it brilliant glory. Shiny and polished... Greeting you as you end your trip in the museum. The LOST Golden Spike of the Transcontinental Railroad
Have a great Wednesday!