The Last Spike

The Last Spike (HM20ZG)

Location: Huntington, OR 97907 Baker County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 21.093', W 117° 16.02'

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To reach Oregon, Union Pacific Railroad organize the Oregon Short Line Railway Co. in 1881 and built from Wyoming westward across Idaho in the same year. Oregon Railway & Navigation Co. was building eastward from Portland. Tracks of the two railroads met at Huntington in November 1884.
The Last Spike was driven on November 25. Henry Thielsen, O.R.& N. Chief Engineer, set the spike, E.C. Smeed, U.P. Assistant Chief Engineer, struck the first blow, other dignitaries tapped the spike in place with a small hammer. Trains began running on December 1, 1884, between Portland and Omaha, Nebraska, giving Oregon its most direct connection with the East.
HM NumberHM20ZG
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Date Added Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 478720 N 4910954
Decimal Degrees44.35155000, -117.26700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 21.093', W 117° 16.02'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 21' 5.58" N, 117° 16' 1.2" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 Washington St E, Huntington OR 97907, US
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