Image description: This photo shows the joining of two railroads, marking the 143rd anniversary of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States. Completed on May 10, 1869, the railroad shortened the cross country trip from four months to just one week.
A ceremony was held in Promontory Summit, Utah, about 35 miles away from where the railroad was joined together by the “Golden Spike,” which finally connected the two sides of the railroad, marking its completion. The National Park Service now operates the Golden Spike Historical Site in Promontory Point, Utah.
Photo by A.J. Russell and Charles Phelps Cushing, photographers documenting the event.