THE GOLDEN SPIKE MONUMENT located in Council Bluffs resembles the famous golden spike driven in Provo, Utah. However, it isn't gold at all. The giant concrete replica was created to publicize Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood film "Union Pacific" made on the 70th anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promintary Point.
However, the monument does mark the eastern terminus (i.e., Mile 0.0) where President Lincoln once stood to authorize the construction of the final section of railroad to cross the country -- some 1,776 miles from here to San Francisco. A separate monument to honor President Lincoln is located near by.
Although Council Bluffs was the designated terminus by the President's Executive Order, the Union Pacific headquarters in Omaha (across the Missouri River) came to be known as "end of the line." From there you could travel across country in luxury while enjoying fine dining, palatial sleeping, and grand scenery all the way to San Francisco in just four days. That's much preferred to sailing the long voyage around the tip of South America to California, thus avoiding the inconvenience and danger of weeks of sailing on rough seas.
And who knows, you might find a gold or silver nugget along the way... Imagine that!
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