2019 55¢ Transcontinental Railroad
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: May 10, 2019
First Day City: Promontory Summit, UT
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 18
Quantity Printed: 50,400,000
America's First Transcontinental Railroad was the famous pathway connecting the East and West Coasts of the United States. It took six years to complete (1863-1869) and shortened cross-country travel from several months to just a few days.
In 2019, the USPS issued three Forever stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. The se-tenant featured the Central Pacific Railroad's Jupiter on the left, Union Pacific Railroad's No. 119 on the right, and "Golden Spike" in the center.
While the original engines from 1869 were scrapped in the early 1900s, Golden Spike National Historical Park commissioned detailed replicas of the two famous locomotives. They star in the park's daily "Golden Spike" ceremony reenactments. Since little was known about the colors of the original engines, the colors of the replicas were an educated guess. Later, a newspaper was found describing the trains as they appeared on May10, 1869. So when it was time for the replicas to get fresh paint, new historically accurate colors were applied.
Golden Spike National Historical Park continues to share the story of the Transcontinental Railroad with thousands of visitors each year. This ensures its legacy will be remembered for generations to come.