Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stamp of the Day: Jupiter

Jupiter is not only a planet, but was also the name of one of the locomotives that were involve din the building of the first transcontinental railroad in America. This was no easy feat, and involved Indians, buffalos, deserts, disease, canyons, rivers, mountains, tunnels, quicksand (at least in the movies), and probably also too many flies and mosquitos. This stamp memorizes the moment when the last spike, The Golden Spike, was hammered into the railroad, at Promontory Point in Utah. One day I want to visit this place, out in nowhere and with great views of the desert, but now without a railroad.

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