20. "Next to winning the Civil War and abolishing slavery, building the first transcontinental railroad from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California, was the greatest achievement of the American people in the nineteenth century." -Ambrose
An important miniature golden spike watch fob from the Transcontinental Railroad Golden Spike of 1869. From the original gold spike used at the ceremony of laying the final section of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Last Spike was 5.625 long and weighed 14.13 oz and 17.6 carats fine. It was inscribed on four sides with the names of the officers and directors, the donor and the salutation and on the top was the words The Last Stand
DQ ( Discussion and Questions ) on the Transcontinental Railroad !