The Rail Chains Final Link

The Rail Chains Final Link (HMBIG)

Location: Strasburg, CO 80136 Arapahoe County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 44.197', W 104° 19.497'

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A continuous chain of rails from Atlantic to Pacific — long a vision of pioneer railroaders and frontier-tamers — became reality at 3:00 P.M. on August 15, 1870. At a point 3,812 ft. east of the depot in what now is Strasburg, Colorado. Near Comanche Crossing, named for a usually dry, sometimes rampaging creek, the last rails were spiked by Kansas Pacific Railroad crews driving west from Kansas and East from Denver to give the Nation its first truly continuous coast-to-coast railroad. On the final day the crews laid a record-breaking 10 1/2 miles of track in 9 hours to win a barrel of whiskey which canny formen had placed midway in the final gap.
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HM NumberHMBIG
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Placed ByUnion Pacific Company in cooperation with Comanche Crossing Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 12:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 557843 N 4398742
Decimal Degrees39.73661667, -104.32495000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.197', W 104° 19.497'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 11.82" N, 104° 19' 29.82" W
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Area Code(s)303
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 56739 Railroad St, Strasburg CO 80136, US
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