January 12, 1883
The last spike was driven on the Pecos River Bridge in New Mexico, completing the Sunset Route. The Sunset Route is a through line from California to New Orleans, with associated steamer connections to New York. It is the first US route from the Atlantic to the Pacific controlled by a single company, the Central Pacific. The Central Pacific railroad company is also arguably the first US transcontinental railroad company.
Source: California State Railroad Museum
Author: William Prusso
I've been a train junkie all my life... from the first Athearn tank car my dad bought me when I was about 4 to a full 14x16 foot HO layout in my barn, an ON30 layout in my office, an N gauge layout and I just started on a Z gauge.. I've been hooked all my days.