Uniting a Nation
May 10-11, 1869 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, a pivotal moment in American history. The joining of the iron rails at Promontory Summit, Utah United for the first time (in a geographical and metaphorical sense) the nation after years of a bloody civil war. It truly opened up the Western United States territory for settlement and development on several levels with the railroads acting as an agent of changes. Steam Into History will hold excursion May 10th & 11th, railroad historian Kurt Bell, an Archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives will share interesting facts and human-interest stories about this significant event from our country’s history dating from roughly the same era that the SIH train ride portrays.