Progress came to the American West on May 10, 1869, when the last spike was driven in the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. In commemoration of this "Golden Spike" ceremonial tap, a special cross-country excursion train made a trip from New York City to Salt Lake City, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Pacific Railroad's completion. Train lovers and John Wayne fans alike, get on board for this poignant "Golden Spike" photograph signed by "The Duke". This 8-1/2 x 11" photo chugs down the line in (VG-EX) condition, while depicting the High Iron Company's Golden Spike Centennial Limited train on its commemorative trip across the land.
Seeking to promote the classic 1969 film "True Grit", Paramount Studios sponsored a segment of the excursion, referred to as "Paramount's Golden Spike Special Ltd." A true American icon, John Wayne boarded the train for its last leg into Salt Lake City, adding mega-star power to the event. Wayne won an Oscar for his portrayal of "Rooster Cogburn" in "True Grit", but more pertinent to this offering, he signed and personalized the proffered photo. Applied with ("9-10") potency by means of a black felt-tip marker, the legendary actor's signature reads "Good Luck Bill, John Wayne". Full photo LOA from John Wayne.