Pandemonium At Promontory

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Even though Hill’s painting had been tailored to his explicit directions, Stanford, when he saw the finished work, wanted no part of it, any more than he had of Colonel Savage’s photograph. Several people whom he felt might be useful to him politically did not appear very prominently.

The painting hangs today in the California capitol in Sacramento, a bogus re-creation of a dramatic and hilarious moment in American history, an object for mirth, pity, or cynicism, whichever may move the individual beholder.