Tracks from Omaha, Nebraska to Sacramento, California joined at Promontory Point, Utah. Two major companies laid the track: The Union Pacific, coming from the East, and the Central Pacific, from the West. A ceremony joins the tracks in a celebration ceremony, culminating in the driving of the “Final Spike”- or the “Golden Spike,” as it was called in later years, to band the two tracks together. The spike is hammered by LelandStanford, the President of the Central Pacific, and Thomas Durant, of the Union Pacific.
The country is now connected in a way never seen before, changing the People, Process, and Product involved in United States industry.