The Golden Spike, Winchester. And Two Historic Rifles.
150TH GOLDEN SPIKE MODELS 1866 AND 1873.
1869 - 2019 -- The 150th Anniversary of the Joining of the Rails at Promontory, Utah.
On May 10, 1869, on a dusty, sage-covered plain at Promontory, Utah Territory, America was finally joined from sea to shining sea by a golden spike and two ribbons of steel. It launched an era of westward expansion and settlement that has never been equaled. Lever-action rifles were important tools of that bygone era and one of the most popular was the Winchester Model 1866, the legendary brass-framed “Yellow Boy.” Another was the Winchester Model 1873, known as the “Gun That Won the West.” The Model 1866 was a legendary participant in the building of the transcontinental railroad. And with the accessibility offered by the new railroad, the Model 1873 became indispensable to many farmers, ranchers, and other settlers who began moving West in huge numbers.
The World's Biggest Steam Engine passes by our offices on the way to the 150th Golden Spike Celebration.
Copyright Winchester Repeating Arms, 2019. Photos property of Winchester Repeating Arms, in the public domain or used with permission. Bringing the Big Boy Back to Life video is a link only, and is the property of Union Pacific railroad (link from YouTube).