Following in the Footprints of Chinese Railroad Workers

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the final joining of the last rails of the Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory on May 10, 1869. The early completion of Railroad could not have been made possible without the efforts of thousands of workers from Guangdong, China who traveled more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific to complete the work.In many ways, this exhibit is a tribute to those men who risked their lives to extend the stalled railroad project from Sacramento across the high Sierras and the desolate basins and ranges of Nevada virtually to the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah.Their story is told through the eyes of three great photographers. During the 1860s, Alfred Hart and Andrew Russell chronicled the events as they happened. Nearly 150 years later, Mr.  Li Ju returned to the exact same places to witness for us how those same places have and have not changed. Mr. Li’s photos capture those same historic places from the same precise angles.

Event Info

  • Presented By: Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association
  • Dates: 9/19/2019, 9/20/2019, 9/21/2019, 9/22/2019, 9/23/2019, 9/24/2019, 9/25/2019, 9/26/2019, 9/27/2019
  • Location: J. Willard Marriott Library
  • Address: 295 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Categories: Free, Festivals & Special Events, History & Heritage

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295 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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