27 May University of Utah’s Marriott Library Celebrates Spike 150 with Free Exhibition “Path to the Pacific: Building the Transcontinental Railroad”
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.
On May 10th 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad, or “Pacific Railroad,” was completed with the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah. This milestone event was captured in A.J. Russell’s iconic photograph – the “East and West Shaking Hands.” Joining the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the railroad improved trade, travel and communication across the continent and allowed travelers to make what was previously a six-month journey in just six days.
Alison Elbrader, Reference Librarian for Special Collections, remarks on curating the exhibition, “The materials held in Special Collections speak to the history, culture and people of the west. This exhibition from Special Collections touches on aspects of the completion of the railroad – one of our nation’s greatest accomplishments and also one of our most remarkable stories.”
The Marriott Library is delighted to join the celebrations across the state to mark the 150th anniversary of this monumental achievement of engineering and human effort and invites the public to enjoy the free exhibition.