Flashback Friday – Silver Spike Ceremony

Let’s do a little Flashback Friday, shall we?  Here’s a photo from the “Silver Spike Ceremony” on September 17th, 1930 — the day that the Secretary of the Interior (Ray Lyman Wilbur) struck the first spike that launched construction of Union Pacific Railroad’s twenty-two miles of line from Las Vegas to the site that would ultimately become Hoover Dam.

Courtesy of G.L. Ullom and graciously provided by the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, we know the identities of three men in this photo: Dr. Elwood Mead, Commissioner of the US Bureau of Reclamation (second from left); Raymond F. Walters, Chief Engineer of the US Bureau of Reclamation (second from right); and Walker Young, Engineer & Construction Engineer of the US Bureau of Reclamation (far right).

Man, those are some slick lookin’ duds.  And dudes!  Happy Friday!

Silver Spike Ceremony in Boulder City, Nevada - 1930

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