The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad

The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad, The Railroad Helped Build America: An Exhibit

May 1- 28: Exhibit can be viewed during library hours (Mon-Thur 10a-9p, Fri-Sat 10a-6p, Sun 1p-5p). Admission is free.

This educational exhibit that is on display seeks to give a voice to the Chinese migrants whose labor on the Transcontinental Railroad helped to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West.

Did you know? Between 1864 and 1869, well over 10,000 Chinese migrants toiled at a grueling pace and in perilous working conditions to help construct America’s first Transcontinental Railroad. They bore tunnels through granite, worked continuously through treacherous winters in the mountains, laid down track at a record pace through the Great Basin, and set the last rails before the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah.

This exhibit is at the Park City Library as part of the celebration of the completion of the transcontinental railroad 150 years ago. Special thanks to Stanford University, the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association and Spike 150 for their support in bringing this exhibit to Park City.

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