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The Golden Spike: How a Photograph Celebrated the Transcontinental Railroad
The Golden Spike: How a Photograph Celebrated the Transcontinental Railroad
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The Golden Spike: How a Photograph Celebrated the Transcontinental Railroad

In the mid-1860s, as the Union Pacific Railroad headed westward from Nebraska, another company, the Central Pacific, pushed eastward from California. Their goal was to meet somewhere in between, forming a single railway line that would bridge the continent. That historic meeting took place in May 1869 in northern Utah, and photographer Andrew J. Russell was there to document the historic event. His work resulted in one of the most important photos of the 19th century and probably the most famous railroad image of all time. The photo, often called “East and West,” was viewed by a worldwide audience and affirmed that railroads were at the cutting edge of transportation technology. The continent was now linked.

 
Dewey385.0973'09034
  
Reading LevelGrades 5-7
Interest LevelGrades 5-9
GRLY
Lexile Level1170L
ATOS Level7.1
AR Points2
AR Quiz #176409
  
  
ISBN978-0-7565-4704-2
PublisherCompass Point Books
Copyright2015
  
Page Count64
LanguagesEnglish
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Booklist - Julia Smith

"Top 10 Continuing Series! The stunning books in this series view history through the lens of groundbreaking photographs, zooming in on iconic moments and then placing them in greater historical context. Look for series subsets in world history and sports, too." - Booklist

October 1, 2016

School Library Journal - Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

"These latest additions in this series are every bit as excellent as their predecessors. . . .Both books feature well-written and accessible text, but it is the stunning photography that will keep readers entranced. Informative and downright gorgeous." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2015

Don Nardo

Don Nardo

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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