By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 10, 2022) – In Issue 2022-083 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate a momentous railway connection.

Railroad across the Continent

Transportation is super important.  Get from there to here. 

The US Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869, with the “golden spike” joining the construction from both sides at Promontory Point, Utah, west of Ogden.

This completed the Union Pacific Railroad route from the Missouri River to Sacramento, California.  The construction took seven years.

Most goods used to travel on rail, but now mostly on fuel inefficient trucks.  Surprisingly, not many seem to worry about that today especially as rail is 3-4 times more fuel efficient, but of course is slower.

Here is Gray’s 1886 map of Utah.

Map of Utah – Circa 1886 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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