A lesser known
A worker adds the last spike.
"The Story of the appropriation of the resources of British
Columbia has another side to it; the side of the exploited workers
who performed all of the sweated labour, but got none of the profits
and little of the credit. Many millions of spikes were driven
into the railroad ties by underpaid and undernourished workers,
but none of them will be found in the circle of the famous at the
driving of the last, "golden," spike. Only the wealthy, the powerful,
the titled of the land were there in their top hats and frock coats -
a most unlikely garb for railroad construction labour."
Excerpt from: Plunderbund & Proletariat, Jack Scott (Vancouver: New Star