Sunday, January 30, 2005

How many Stars did the Flag have that flew at the original Golden Spike ceremony?

From: wwgorman@msn.com
Date: January 30, 2005 3:46:59 AM EST
To: museum@CPRR.org
Subject: Question

How many Stars did the Flag have that flew at the original Golden Spike ceremony. Some say 20, some say 37 but the photos on this site indicate that there might have been 20, 24 or 28 but not 37.
 
Photograph R0538 by Russell appears to be the best one for counting stars but on the web it is not clear how many stars are present. It definitely looks like 4 symmetrical rows which make the number of stars the previously mentioned 20, 24, or 28.
 
Thank you. 

Wm. W. Gorman, Jr.