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Making the Grade: California & The Transcontinental Railroad

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May 10 – September 22, 2019

By Alfred A. Hart, courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, Calif.

Discover the transcontinental railroad’s Golden State history in a new exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the route’s completion.

Based on an online exhibit developed by the California State Archives, the installation features historic documents and maps drawn from its collections.

Also featured are photographs and artifacts from the California State Library and California State Parks chronicling how the 1,912-mile line connected America coast-to-coast and united the nation. 

Opened on May 10, 2019, to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the “Golden Spike” Ceremony in Promontory, UT, and continued through Sept. 22, 2019.