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The Last Tie of the Transcontinental Railroad – Patrick Goggins

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Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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In 1869, the last tie used for the ceremonial completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad was harvested from a California Laurel Tree on Mt. Tamalpais. Goggins will talk about the tie and the ceremonial spikes which were exhibited in Sacramento, Utah and SF, along with a Gold Spike provided by capitalist financiers. Destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, the tie was resurrected in memory by descendants of Chinese and Irish railroad workers at the 150th Anniversary (2019) of the railroad’s completion.

Goggins will be joined by Lotus Fong, independent scholar and activist and Norman Ten, the President of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance in SF, who will give brief comments and participate in the question and answer period.

Registration recommended. Visit the Reference Desk to register.

For more information, call (415) 389-4292 x3 or visit: MillValleyLibrary.org


PATRICK GOGGINS was born in Northern Montana to an Irish Immigrant railroad/construction family. He was Director of the Irish Forum Dialogue for Peace in Ireland from 1980-98, Chair of the Irish Literary and Historical Society, and is a member of the United Irish Cultural Center, the Chinese Historical Society of America, and the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association. An avid bird watcher, he is deeply connected to nature and Mt. Tamalpais, and a member of many environmental organizations.



February 5
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Mill Valley Historical Society