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Promontory means "a high point of land projecting into a body of water".
Both Promontory Summit and Promontory are correct when referring to the finishing point of the transcontinental railroad.
Promontory Point is located thirty-seven miles south of the summit at the southern tip of the Promontory Mountain range.
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  Promontory, Utah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Promontory is a location in Box Elder County, Utah, centered approximately at 41°37′07″N, 112°32′51″W, with an elevation of 1494 meters (4902 feet) above sea level.
Promontory Summit achieved note as the location where the United States first Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869, with the driving of the Golden Spike, joining the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads.
Promontory was the site of a temporary city during and shortly after the construction of the railroad, but this was then dismantled, and since then Promontory has had no permanent population.
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 Driving the Last Spike -- Transcontinental Railroad - Golden Spike Ceremony
In preparing an answer to the letter, a number of problems arose, especially regarding the tradition that a silver sledge made the impressions on the head of the gold spike, that this spike was "driven," and that it was the last one driven.
At Promontory it appears to have been about 12:45; in Virginia City it was 12:30; in Cheyenne it was 1: 53; in San Francisco "precisely" 11:46, and another reporter gave it, as 11:44:37 a.m.; in Washington, D. it was 2:47 when "done" was received.
Promontory, also called at that time Promontory Summit, Promontory Point, and Promontory Station, was a plateau in the Promontory Mountains just north of where the range projects southward into Salt Lake.
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 StandardNET/Standard-Examiner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
PROMONTORY -- When wealthy banker Edgar Mills called for a moment of silence at the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869, the temperature was a pleasant 69 degrees.
Wednesday's events concluded weeklong activities held in both Ogden and Promontory Summit that celebrated the 137th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad -- a transportation line that connected the Central Union and Union Pacific railroads, linking both coasts.
In 1869, Promontory Summit was a tent community, where rail workers lived and businessmen sought a living.
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 Promontory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
A promontory is a prominent mass of land which overlooks lower land or a body of water.
The first transcontinental railroad in North America met at Promontory, Utah, near Promontory Summit, north of the Great Salt Lake.
A different place called Promontory Point, Utah is on Promontory Point, a cape jutting out into the Great Salt Lake.
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 UP-Historical Overview: Construction
In his telegram to Oliver Ames on May 8, 1869, Dodge says "You can make affidavit of completion of road to Promontory Summit." This is where the rails met and the ceremony took place on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit.
Promontory Point is a bit of land that extends into the Great Salt Lake.
The meeting site at the summit of Promontory Point permitted completion of the railroad without having to build across any portion of the Great Salt Lake, a feat that may have been either too difficult technologically or just too time consuming for the parties involved.
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 AmericanHeritage.com / Travel: Where East Met West in Utah
Less than a year after the tracks were linked, the terminus was moved from Promontory Summit (a slapdash cluster of tents and shacks) 60 miles southwest to Ogden, a small but established town at the foot of Utah’s Wasatch mountains in what is now Weber County.
Promontory Summit, the site of the first terminus, is also very much worth a visit.
And although the selection of Promontory Summit on April 10 eliminated the practical impetus for competition, workers continued their dogged race to the end (needless to say, this epochal effort had always meant more than business).
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It then went up and over the Promontory Mountains through a pass or saddle which I would estimate is some 1,500 feet higher than the Lake.
The original site of Promontory is at the highest point in this pass on a plateau, and although it is fairly level at that point, there are hills both to the north and south.
Election of PSRMA officers for 1970 and an outstanding program highlighting the 100th Anniversary of the Promontory Point completion of the transcontinental railroad will be the main features of the October General Meeting.
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 Hooking Up with the Golden Spike
Promontory Point, Utah, lying on the tip of a peninsula jutting into the Great Salt Lake, is perhaps best known for what didn't take place there on May 10, 1869.
The way the story is usually told, Leland Stanford of the Central Pacific met Thomas Durant of the Union Pacific at Promontory Point, where they drove a golden spike into the railroad's last remaining tie, thus bringing to a close a brilliantly-executed plan for uniting the two coasts.
Today Promontory Summit is known, appropriately, as Golden Spike NHS, and visiting it may require a bit of fancy engineering of your own.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/ventures_into_us_history/103681   (455 words)

 Utah History to Go
Bernice Gibbs was born Aug. 5, 1900, and spent most of her life in Corinne, "the Berg on the Bear." Married at 18, she raised six children and reported on Box Elder County for The Salt Lake Tribune.
Utley was astonished at the emptiness of the snow-covered hills and prairie surrounding the summit, which is actually flat.
Promontory "made the first serious and permanent breech in the frontier and established the process by which the entire frontier was to be demolished," Utley wrote.
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 NPS Historical Handbook: Golden Spike   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The summit of this pass lay in a circular basin at 4,900 feet elevation, about 700 feet above the level of the lake.
Built in the valley near where the lines commence the ascent of the Promontory, it is nearly surrounded by grading camps, Benson, Farr and West's headquarters a mile or two south west.
The proximity of the earth-work and blasting to each other, at these and other points along the Promontory line, requires the utmost care and vigilance on the part of all concerned, else serious if not fatal, consequences would be of frequent occurrence.
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 History Page
Promontory Summit in northern Utah has experienced a rich, colorful history, yet it remains a paradox.
Promontory Summit, half way between the two companies' end of track, was decided.
September 8, 1942: An "Undriving of the Last Spike" ceremonty is held, as 90 miles of rail from Corinne to Lucin are pulled for the use in the war effort.
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 Ogden Rails, UP Comes To Ogden
In addition to fixing the meeting point at Promontory, the agreement stated that a permanent junction between the two roads would be "within eight miles of Ogden." Union Pacific was to complete its line from the new junction west to Promontory, with Central Pacific reimbursing UP the cost of construction.
The ceremony for the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory was set to take place on May 8, 1869, but the UP party was delayed in its arrival until the morning of May 10.
Young grasped the importance of a railroad to the East as early as 1852 when a resolution or "memorial" was passed by the first session of the Utah Territorial Legislature, asking for a railroad between the Mississippi or Missouri Rivers and the Pacific Coast.
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 NPS Historical Handbook: Golden Spike
At Promontory the afternoon of May 7 was sultry and the sky heavy with rain clouds, which annoyed the photographers trying to capture the climactic scenes of construction.
He was released and managed to be at Promontory on May 10, although the severe headache he suffered that day may well have owed its origin to the experience at Piedmont.
With the construction workers and assorted denizens of Promontory, the crowd totaled, according to the best estimates, 500 to 600 people—far short of the 30,000 that had been predicted.
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 Utah History Encyclopedia
On 10 May 1869 from Promontory Summit northwest of Ogden, Utah, a single telegraphed word, "done," signaled to the nation the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.
For several weeks Promontory continued to be a town of tents and crude shacks.
In 1942 the old rails over the 123-mile Promontory Summit line were salvaged for war efforts in ceremonies marking the "Undriving of the Golden Spike." Artifact hunters picked over the area for ties and materials.
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 Chinese Laborers and the Construction of the Central Pacific
This problem was the summit tunnels-eleven of them numbered three to thirteen within a twenty-mile stretch between Cisco, located at Mile Post 92 (from Sacramento), and Lake Ridge at Mile Post 112 just west of Cold Stream Valley on the eastern slope of the summit.
Gillis went on to describe the weather problem at the summit and said that "At Tunnel 10, some 15 or 20 Chinese were killed by a slide" that winter.
The summit tunnels had been completed in August of that year and the thousands of workers, mostly Chinese, were turned loose to build the line that had been graded previously to the Nevada State line.
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 History of the Old West
Thus Promontory Summit, a point equi-distant between the two 'ends-of-track', as of April 9, was chosen as the meeting point.
The Promontory Summit route was relegated to only localized traffic in 1904 when the 'Lucin Cut Off' was completed across the Great Salt Lake - saving 45 miles, and the climb through the Promontory Pass.
In 1938, the Promontory route was completely abandoned, with much of the actual railway being dismantled in 1942 for use in the war effort.
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 Golden Spike Historical Site
On May 10th in 1869 the first transcontinental railroad was completed by the driving of a symbolic golden spike at Promontory Summit in The Utah Territory.
Today, Promontory Summit is a National Historic Site managed by the National Park Service.
Promontory Summit is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Ogden, Utah.
www.fortogden.com /goldenspike.html   (606 words)

 Promontory Summit
To echo the previous post on this matter, the last spike was driven at Promontory (or Promontory Summit).
"Promontory Point" is a common misstatement of the location's name and is, in fact, on the Lucin Cutoff across the Great Salt Lake, which replaced the original Transcontinental main line.
It kinda seemed to me after being there that a summit at Promontory would be the highest point, unless this was known as Promontory Pass.
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 Promontory Summit
There are many misperceptions concerning the ceremony that completed the transcontinental railroad -- not the least of which is where the fabled "Wedding of the Rails" actually took place.
The story of the transcontinental railroad continues, as the rails continue across the desert of Nevada and the mountains of Utah.
transcontinental railroad • reno • brigham young • promontory summitpromontory mountains
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 Untitled Document
The true heroes of the summit crossing, however, were the thousands of docile, obedient, hard-working Chinese laborers Crocker imported from Canton.
With primitive equipment, they shaped the grades, raised the trestles, blasted the cuts and tunnels with fl powder, shoveled in the fills, laid and spiked the rails and built mile after mile of sheds to guard the line from huge drifts of winter snow and avalanches that could wipe out miles of track.
Bleak, treeless Promontory Summit was at last fixed, with the Central Pacific to take over the Union Pacific work back down to Ogden, gateway to the Salt Lake Valley.
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 Ogden Rails, Central Pacific and Southern Pacific
Included was payment for 53 miles of grade between Promontory Summit and Ogden that was not used by CP after Ogden was decided on as the terminal for the transcontinental line.
Southern Pacific was hesitant to abandon and dismantle the entire Promontory Branch due to possible problems that might arise from its status as collateral for the 1899 mortgage for the reorganization of Central Pacific.
From Promontory Point, the causeway is made up of the 2.5-mile Saline Fill on the east end and the 5.1-mile Rambo Fill at the west end, connecting to the western shore at Lakeside.
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 Eastward to Promontory
Because the Summit Tunnel was not completed until August, 1867 and there continued to be a seven mile gap in the track between Coldstream and Tunnel No. 12 in December, 1867, work had to proceed separately on a 50 mile segment of track which was laid to the east, beyond the Summit.
In order to speed construction, the workers drilled an 8 feet by 12 feet by 72.9 feet shaft in the center and starting on August 27, 1866, also built outward in both directions from the center, while workers were building inward from both entrances at the ends of the tunnel.
In the end, the Federal Railroad Commission compromised and selected a meeting spot, Promontory Summit, halfway between their parallel grading to be the meeting point.
www.cprr.org /Museum/Eastward.html   (4890 words)

 Promontory on KUED 7- The University of Utah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Promontory on KUED 7- The University of Utah
The competing arms of the transcontinental railroad had been joined at Promontory Summit in the Utah territory.
But just beyond the photographic images of East meeting West in Utah is a more controversial story: A little known story of the people who built the final stretch of the rail line; of hard fought negotiations between railroad executives and the legendary Brigham Young; of broken promises that created economic chaos and destroyed lives.
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The connection of the transcontinental railroad was officially finalized with the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869.
On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, a boisterous crowd gathered to witness the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: the building of the transcontinental railroad.
In the thin sagebrush and sunflowers of the Promontory Mountains, crews from the east and west met and drove the final spike that connected the east coast to the west coast on May 10.
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 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
PROMONTORY SUMMIT, Box Elder County -- It was a record that historians claim has yet to be matched: 10 miles of rail laid by hand, in just one day.
Twelve days later, the last spike was hammered into the nation's first transcontinental railroad here at Promontory Summit.
Up against the Promontory Mountains, just a few miles from the "last spike" site, you can see places where dirt was pushed up and packed down to create a level surface for the tracks to be laid.
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