Trainsby George Martin Ottinger
Union Pacific Central Pacific Spike Poster
1869 Union Pacific meets the Central Pacific Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah for the driving of the golden spike marking the inauguration of the Transcontinental Railroad.Born in Bedford, Pennsylvania, George Ottinger became one of Utah's early painters, having moved there by wagon train in 1861 to accompany his mother, who had become a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Ottinger was raised as a Quaker and spent most of his childhood in New York City. At age 17, he ran away and became a sailor on a whaling ship and also mined for gold in California. At age 20, he returned to California, where he took art lessons from Robert Weir.