Pandemonium At Promontory

The official painting is full of dignity and decorum lamentably absent in the actual photograph.

Historians are agreed that the most dramatic and at the same time the most significant single date in the record of the American West was May 10, 1869, when the rails of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads met and were joined at Promontory Point, a desolate spot in the Utah desert, about forty miles northwest of Ogden. Here in a single day and hour worlds met head-on, the American people achieved a continental dimension, Manifest Destiny was realized, and the Old West reached its apotheosis.Read more »