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Artifact Description

This golden railroad spike was the last spike to be driven in the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad by Leland Stanford of the Central Pacific Railroad in 1869 as a ceremonial gesture. It has the unique ability to pull things together, and was used by Pete and Myka in Endless Wonder to negate the effects of the Rhodes Bowl.

In Instinct, the Spike later became stuck in the Warehouse's expansion joints after the Warehouse began to expand in order to accomodate further artifacts. Artie theorized that the Spike was drawn to the joints due to their movement and caused them to be jammed. Claudia manage to neutralise the Spike using a RPG-7 grenade-launcher modified to fire neutraliser rounds, nicknamed the Goo-zooka.

The spike was collected by agent Gaston Lefft-Hanover on April 30th, 1904[1]. As this was an American-native artifact collected between the destruction of the first Warehouse 13 and the construction of the second, it is uncertain whether Warehouse 12 or Warehouse 13 is technically credited with its collection.

Real World Connections

The "Golden Spike" (aka "The Last Spike"[1]) is the ceremonial final spike driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The term "Last Spike" has been used to refer to one driven at the usually ceremonial completion of any new railroad construction projects, particularly those in which construction is undertaken from two disparate origins towards a meeting point.

When the spike was driven in the ground, the sound of the blow was heard across the country. Telagraph wires were wrapped around the spike and the sledgehammer to transmit the sound of the blow to New York and San Francisco. When the signal arrived, cannons facing outwards towards the ocean fired to alert the world that the transcontinental railroad was completed and America was moving to the forefront of the world's stage.

The original Spike

The original Spike is now preserved in the Cantor Arts Centre at Stanford University in Stanford, CA. It was not actually part of the working Transcontinental Railroad, as it was removed along with its laurel tie, or sleeper, (destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake) shortly after the ceremony's conclusion.

The Spike has not left the Cantor Centre, originally the Stanford Museum, since 1939 when it took part in the Union Pacific Railroad's centenary.