A golden spike was presented to the City of Auburn Monday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of driving another golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah. This event united the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads bringing trains to the Auburn area from across the nation.
Francisco Castillo, director of public affairs for Northern CA, Union Pacific Railroad, presented the spike to Mayor Bridget Powers at the City Council meeting.
“Central Pacific Railroad reached Auburn on May 13, 1865. Its arrival created a whole new section of the community. Due to the area’s geography, the railroad was placed about a mile east of the major settlement at the time, Wood’s Dry Digging. The city expanded eastward and began to merge with the older part of town and a new railroad depot,” a press release from Union Pacific said.
“Over a two-year period beginning in 1909, the Southern Pacific — which had merged Central Pacific into its system in 1870 — double-tracked the area in Auburn, creating an eastbound line and a westbound line. A major trestle was constructed, which now passes over Interstate 80 and has become one of Auburn’s most recognizable symbols.”