With one single word, telegraphed in Morse Code on May 10, 1869, history ushered in a new era, connecting both coasts via steel and wood that now spanned the continent for travel and commerce. The Union Pacific, driving hard from the East, and the Central Pacific from the West, met at Promontory Summit, in Utah Territory, after specially chosen Irish and Chinese workers took only 12 hours to lay the last 10 miles of track in time for the ceremony.
Positioning the Union Pacific’s No. 119 and the Central Pacific’s Jupiter locomotives facing each other one railroad tie’s length apart, photographer A.J Russell unlimbered his camera to document the unprecedented accomplishment, speeches were made, the famed Golden Spike was driven, champagne corks popped, and the telegrapher clicked the word “Done” on his key to notify the entire nation. The vast American railroad network now annually moves billions of tons of freight, and hundreds of thousands of people, all around our great country.
Henry Repeating Arms gratefully acknowledges the men and women who kept, and keep, the iron horse smoothly running with the American Railroad Tribute Edition Golden Boy. An outstanding American tribute to a vital American industry.
Golden Boy American Railroad Tribute Edition .22 S/L/LR»
Octagon Blued Steel
Fully Adj. Semi-Buckhorn w/ Diamond Insert
Drilled and Tapped
Receiver Engraving with 24K Gold Plating. Engraved Stock.
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This .22 caliber Tribute Edition appropriately wears imagery that commemorates the 1869 event, displaying period-style scrollwork surrounding a 24K gold-plated Jupiter roaring into railroad legend, behind a gold bannered THE LAST RAIL IS LAID with a forward panel carrying a gold rendition of the Golden Spike next to another banner inscribed THE LAST SPIKE IS DRIVEN, on the right side of the polished nickel plated receiver cover.
On the left side, a 24K gold-plated No. 119 thunders down the line, bracketed by three gold banners proclaiming A CONTINENT HAS BEEN SPANNED WITH TWO THIN LINES OF STEEL. Cover details were hand cut by engraver Heidi Roos on a master plate, and mechanically transferred to each gun.
The walnut stock bears the celebrated Promontory ceremonial image, laser-etched and hand filled, above a PROMONTORY, UTAH MAY 10, 1869 banner, and below the Morse Code letters DONE. On the fore-end, AMERICAN RAILROAD TRIBUTE is bordered by a stylized railroad track.