“Spanning the Continent by Rail”
Illustration by Walter H. Everett
On May 10, 1869, Ogden, Utah, railroad communication from the Atlantic to the Pacific was established by the joining of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads. The event was witnessed by American engineers, officials, and soldiers, as well as Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and negro workmen, suggesting the cosmopolitanism of the United States.
Chinese at the 1869 Golden Spike Ceremony
Chinese Working on the Railroad
David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad
Chinese Laborers at the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
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