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USU Library to Open Transcontinental Railroad Exhibit for Anniversary

Standard-Examiner Sunday, Jan. 06, 2019


The sesquicentennial of the driving of the Golden Spike is still more than four months out, but folks from the Utah State University library are getting a jumpstart on the momentous anniversary. Staffers from USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah Division of State History will soon open a new transcontinental railroad exhibit on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol building in Salt lake City. Titled, “A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah,” the exhibit opened Friday and remain on display through June 2019. ... Built between 1863 and 1869, the line connected the Pacific Coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing Eastern U.S. railway. The railroad revolutionized the American West with a dependable transportation system that brought Western states economic prosperity through the relatively inexpensive and speedy movement of both goods and people.The railroad played a major role in the history of Northern Utah, specifically Ogden. ... According to USU’s marketing office, a grand opening will be held from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 23, featuring a short ceremony and guided gallery walks through the capitol. A companion exhibit presented by the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association will also be on display. According to the USU press release, the exhibit was funded by a $55,000 grant from the state’s history office.USU Special Collections and Archives photograph curator Dan Davis said the aim of the exhibit is to not only tell the story of the railroad’s impact on Utah, but to also highlight the people who built it.



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