"What was it the Engines said,
Pilots touching, head to head
Facing on the single track,
Half a world behind each back?"
...Bret Harte, What the Engines Said
Being a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, the date of May 10, 1869 has special significance. It is the duty of each Daughter to research and submit the histories of her pioneer ancestors. We define "pioneer" as one who traveled to Utah, died on the trail or were born in the Territory before May 10, 1869...the date the final spike was driven uniting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads at Promontory Summit in Utah. 1,776 miles of desert, rivers and mountains had been crossed to bind together East and West.