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Presidential Message on the 150th Anniversary of the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 10, 2019   One hundred fifty years ago, the first transcontinental railroad in the United States was completed, and our Nation was changed forever.  On May 10, 1869, the final golden spike was driven into the ground at Promontory Summit, Utah, joining the tracks of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.  This unbroken rail line of nearly 2,000 miles from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California, connected the existing eastern rail…

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