Golden Spike Day

Golden Spike Day is celebrated on May 10th of each year in recognition of the final spike driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory.  The term “Last Spike” has been used to refer to one driven at the usually ceremonial completion of any new railroad construction projects, particularly those in which construction is undertaken from two disparate origins towards a meeting point.  The “Last Spike” now lies in the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.