The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library now through August 15 presents the exhibition “Path to the Pacific: Building the Transcontinental Railroad.” The public is welcome to enjoy a display of rare books, archival materials, and two gallery walls showcasing photographs and artistic works depicting key locations and events in the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
“Scenic Routes: Utah as the Center of the Railroad in the West” is on level 4 and features rare book and archival materials from Special Collections related to the development of the railroad after 1869. Materials include famous resort and scenic railroads, the railroads contribution to mining development in Utah, and the stories of mostly immigrant railroad workers.
This exhibit tells the story of Chinese Railroad Workers and their contribution to the construction and completion of the transcontinental railroad 150 years ago. The exhibition presents a surprising visual history of the Central Pacific Railroad line, the first transcontinental railroad network between California and Utah. Each panel furthers the understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices, struggles, hardships and contributions made by generations of Chinese and Chinese Americans in the United States.