Seal of the State of Nevada

WHEREAS, in 1868, a trip from the East Coast to California via horse, wagon or on foot was a perilous journey of six or more months at a cost of more than $1,000; and

WHEREAS, on July 1, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act, a law to support the construction of an all-railroad line from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean; and

WHEREAS, two railroad companies were formed to construct the line, the Central Pacific Railroad, chartered in 1861, which began construction in Sacramento, California and built eastward, and the Union Pacific Railroad, chartered in 1862, which commenced construction in Council Bluffs, Iowa and built westward; and

WHEREAS, the Central Pacific Railroad first entered the new State of Nevada and reached Lake’s Crossing, now Reno, on June 18, 1868, and further reached Elko on December 24, 1868, laying more than 400 miles of track across the Silver State; and

WHEREAS, the furious construction would be completed in May 1869 in Utah Territory with a completion ceremony 150 years ago today on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, thus forever changing the face of the nation and reducing transcontinental travel to 7 - 10 days at a fraction of the cost; and

WHEREAS, a gold railroad spike from California and a silver spike from Nevada would be ceremonially driven that day by a railroad passenger car first built in 1868, known commonly as ‘The Commissioner’s Car’; and

WHEREAS, the same car was sold to the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in Nevada in 1875, eventually becoming a simple passenger coach, later making its way to 20th Century-Fox Studios in 1938 where it was featured in numerous films; and

WHEREAS, the car was purchased by the Nevada State Railroad Museum and returned to Nevada in 1988 and is now the oldest piece of rolling stock in the State Railroad Museum collection, and this car is the last remaining piece of railroad equipment to have witnessed the ceremony of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad; and

WHEREAS, the curators and railroad restoration specialists of the State of Nevada have preserved the car in a state of arrested decay to show its various uses over a century-and-a-half and is now the centerpiece of a new exhibit on the Transcontinental Railroad;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2019 as

NEVADA’S ROLE IN THE COMPLETION OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD AND THE EFFORTS TO PRESERVE ITS HISTORY IN THE SILVER STATE

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 3rd day of May 2019

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