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The Last Spike
Artist Maker:

William T. Garrett Foundry, San Francisco

Creation Place/Dates: U.S.A., 1869

Title: The Last Spike
Alternate Title: The Gold Spike, The Golden Spike
Medium: Gold, alloyed with copper
Dimensions: 7/16 in. x 5 9/16 in. x 1/2 in. (1.11 cm x 14.13 cm x 1.27 cm) , 5-9/16 x 7/16 x 1/2 in. (shaft including head); 1/2 x 1-3/8 x 1-1/4 in. (head) , 14.2 x 1.2 x 1.3 cm. (shaft including head); 1.3 x 3.4 x 3.1 cm. (head)
Credit Line:
Gift of David Hewes
Accession No.: 1998.115 , 0
Object Notes:

Bibliography: Robert M. Utley and Francis A. Ketterson, Jr. Golden Spike, National Park Service #40, Washington, DC  1969;
Carol Osborne with P. Turner, Anita V. Mozley, and Mary Lou Z. Munn, Museum Builders in the West:  The Stanfords as Collectors and Patrons of Art 1870–1906, (Stanford University, 1986) p. 63;
Timeline, (Ohio Historical Society, March-April, 2001) (repr.);
Margo Lundell, Discovering the Spirit of America: A Railroad and a Golden Spike, (Frederic Thomas Inc., Naples, FL, 2004), p. 2 (repr.);
Jennifer L. Roberts, Mirror-Travels: Robert Smithson and History, (Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2004), p. 115, no. 63 (repr.);
R. Conrad Stein, The Industrial Revolution: Manufacturing a better America, (Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2006) p. 9;
Pansylea Howard Willburn, “Celebrating the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad: San Francisco Silversmiths, 1869” in “Silver Magazine” (Page/Frederiksen Publshing Company, March/April 2010). Figure 2, page 23, repr.;
Included in the Google Art Project website starting on 4/3/2013;
Richard Kurin, "The Smithsonian's History of Amierca in 101 Objects" (Penguin Group, New York, 2013). page 170. repr.;
William Durbin, "Until the Last Spike: The Journal of Sean Sullivan, A Transcontinental Railroad Worker" (Scholastic Inc., 2014 edition). pg. 180, repr.

Provenance: David Hewes (1882-1915) [Husband to Anna Maria Lathrop, Jane Stanford's sister; SF builder and financier]; assigned accession number in 1998



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