The Iron Horse (Transcontinental Railroad Film Series: Images of the West)

Monday, April 15, 2019

7:00 pm


Sponsored by:
Continuing Studies, Stanford Historical Society

The events surrounding the building and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad are woven in the history and lore of the American West. Over the course of six weeks, the Stanford Historical Society will present a series of films, each introduced by historians, film scholars, and researchers, that will attempt to put these historical events in perspective. A discussion will follow each screening.

About the film:

The Iron Horse (1924) 150 minutes

Director John Ford’s The Iron Horse is the first motion picture depiction of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. This silent film depicts how completion of the railroad ended the frontier age and made the industrial and commercial conquest of the western interior inevitable. Legend has it that Ford was so committed to detail on this film--which was made on location in the Sierra Nevada and included herds of 10,000 cattle and 1,300 buffalo--that he got hold of the original locomotives, the Jupiter and the 116, that appear meeting head to head in Andrew Russell's famous photograph of the joining of the tracks at Promontory Point, Utah.

Monday, April 15, 2019
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Free and open to the public


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General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
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