Cowboy Bob's Dictionary

Iron Horse

Union Pacific engine 119

A reproduction of Union Pacific engine 119, one of the two locomotives that met at the "Golden Spike" on May 10, 1869, joining the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. Although commonly referred to as the "transcontinental railway," the line actually only provided continuous rail transportation from Omaha, Nebraska to Sacramento, California.

The iron horse effectively ended the days of horse-drawn vehicles for long-distance passenger transportation in the American West.

Photo by Nova Development Corp. Used under license.