On the schedule for today was a visit to the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit Utah. This is the place where, on May 10, 1869, the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails and created the first Transcontinental Railroad. The Central Pacific started in Sacramento and laid 690 miles of track and the Union Pacific started in Omaha and laid 1,086 miles of track. The actual spike was 5 5/8 inches long weighed 14.03 ounces and was made of 17.6 carat gold. At that time it was worth only about $350. What would 14 ounces of gold be worth today?? Needless to say the spike is no longer hammered into the railroad tie. We personally inspected every spike in a 3 mile stretch of track and not one of them was even close to being gold or even gold plated. Now if rust was selling for $1000 an ounce we would have it made. The original tracks were removed in 1942 and now you can drive on a few miles of the original track bed. Our timing was great since we were ready to leave just as two school buses arrived full of grade school kids.On the way to Golden Spike we drove by a company called ATK which supplies aerospace and defense products to the U.S. Government. In front of the plant they have a display of some of the rockets that they have built. All the way from small air launched rockets, to ICBMs, to the space shuttle boosters.
Also on the way to the “Spike” we passed a gigantic warehouse. We knew it was a WalMart Distribution Center once we saw the sign designating half the huge building as the “Joe Diambri” wing. J
We found 9 geocaches along the way – and didn’t see any snakes.
Gas Watch – didn’t pay any attention to prices today. We will be filling up for $3.63/gal at a gas station near our campground when we leave in the morning.
Geocaches – 9 Trip total 16
License plates spotted – 28 States, 1 Canadian Province, 1 Mexican state