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May 10, 1868 The Golden Spike that Unified a Nation

May 10th has a lot of memorable events linked to it, such as the first official Mother's Day celebration.
But an event that helped forge the growth of this country happened at Promontory Summit,  Utah when the Golden Spike was hammered in to join the two railroads and thus, unite the country. After a seven-year race, the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific railways joined at Promontory Point, Utah. Coast-to-coast travel time was reduced, in that instant, from four to six months to six days.

Actually, there were four spikes. You can read about them here: http://www.nps.gov/gosp/historyculture/upload/Spikes.pdf

This revolutionary new technology, the railroad, was built largely at the hand of immigrants. The freed slaves and former Uion and Confederater soldiers also played key roles in the construction of the railroad that unified the Nation. The amazing accomplishment of these hard working, underpaided, uneducated men has seldom been equaled.

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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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