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Rails West

March 2024
1min read

I enjoyed the recent article in the October issue about the first transcontinental railroad but noted that the final meeting site of the two lines was identified ambiguously. Two places in the article indicated Promontory Summit as the location of the event and three places indicated it was Promontory Point.

Promontory Summit, not Promontory Point, is where the event occurred, despite even some encyclopedias. Promontory Point is actually some 30 miles south, on the edge of the Great Salt Lake.

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