Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

The Golden Spike
Kept at San Francisco

It's the same size as a regular railroad spike, yet it's different: It's of solid gold from the San Gabriels. With six blows of a solid silver hammer (with a handle of orange wood), Charles Crocker, president of the Southern Pacific Railroad, drove this spike into the rails at Lang Station in today's Canyon Country on Sept. 5, 1876, to unite northern and southern California.

Housed by the California Historical Society in San Francisco, the spike weighs 9¼ ounces, measures 5 7/16 inches in length and is engraved on its four sides as follows: Last Spike / Connecting Los Angeles / And San Francisco (seen here) / By Rail. On its head is the date, Sept. 5, 1876.

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