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Westward Ho!: The Golden Spike, 6 pm Saturday on The American Sound

color photograph of a brass-plated plaque affixed to a railroad tie half buried in snow.
The Golden Spike plaque at Promontory Summit, Utah, marking the point at which the railroad connected the East and West Coasts.
1:40PM
April
24, 2014

On May 10, 1869, workers drove the so-called “golden spike”spike through railroad ties joining the Union Pacific Railroad with the Central Pacific Railroad. Saturday evening on The American Sound, hear American composer George Antheil’s “Golden Spike,” inspired by America’s transcontinental railroad.