Raul Jusinto

The Last Spike

The Last Spike

Railroad Workers
Photograph of men digging the railbed for the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company, 1900-1925. Ferron-Bracken Photo Collection. UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives.

Nevada Historical Marker 195 reads:

On January 30, 1905, near this site, workers drove the last spike that completed the railroad between Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California. This was the last “transcontinental” line to southern California and one of the last lines built to the Pacific Coast. Although there was no formal celebration at the time of the last spike, those present gave some recognition to the event.

Las Vegas owes its existence to the railroad, then known as the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. Because the valley had a good supply of water, the railroad company platted the Las Vegas town site and established a division point there.

Event Location: Present-day Clark County.