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The Golden Spike that completed the first North American transcontinental railway was driven into place in Promontory Summit, Utah, one hundred and fifty years ago today. There are lots of anniversary celebrations underway:
You may be able to teach a little lesson about this important historical anniversary today just by checking your pocket change, since the Golden Spike has been an American icon for this entire century and a half, appearing (among many other places) on the 2007 Utah state quarter.
For the hundredth anniversary of the Spike, the U.S. Mint produced a beautiful centennial commemorative medal (not one that you’re likely to find in your pocket change).
The Post Office has been in the game, too, marking the 75th anniversary of the Spike with a beautifully engraved commemorative stamp in 1944.
It would be hard to overestimate the historical importance railroads in the development of human society from the nineteenth century to today. For a good ten-minute lesson to share with your homeschoolers today, turn to page 293 in your recommended homeschool history encyclopedia for an introduction to rail and the Industrial Revolution, and then to page 310 for notes on the American Transcontinental Railroad and the settlement of the American West.
What historical discoveries have you made in your homeschool this week? 😊
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