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Golden Spike Hotel--Promontory, Utah
This Train Stops 20 Minutes for Supper At the Golden Spike Hotel Promontory, Utah Broadside
Promontory, Utah. Broadside (6 x 9 inches) on newsprint with black imprint. Upper left corner missing 1/2 inch while other corners show small folds. Light soiling. Probably dating from the 1870's this wonderful broadside shows a steel-engraved locomotive in a scene absolutely nothing like the view at Promontory, Utah. Promontory, a desolate sage-covered plain gained fame May 10, 1869 when the final spike was driven completing the first trans-continental rail line across the United States. By the early 1900's a by-pass across the Great Salt Lake effectively rendered Promontory a ghost town. Throughout the 1870's and 80's Promontory maintained a small community of miners, rail workers, a post office/general store and the Golden Spike Hotel. As the broadside advertises, first class meals cost 50 cents and were available during the 20 minute train stop at Promontory. With the advent of cross-country train travel with short rail stops at stations, the term 'fast-food' was utilized. Indeed throughout the west, restaurants soon popped up at train stops, including the well-known Harvey House Chain. Food would never be the same. Proprietor T. G. Brown advertised in 1876 as a "Dealer in Groceries, Cigars and Tobacco, Boots and Shoes. Proprietor Promontory Railroad Hotel." 10 copies found in OCLC as of August 2020 with one copy eve appearing at auction and none in commerce. Truly a wonderful and rare item of Utah railroadiana. "Don't fail to treat yourself to a first class meal at this celebrated point" proclaims the broadside. ; 1 pp .
Bookseller: Back of Beyond Books, ABAA [United States]
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