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Railroad Spike.

Description: Patent for a new and improved railroad spike. This design consists in "[a] spike for securing a railroad-rail, having a lower portion, having a shoulder, and a right-angular arm for resting against the base-flange of a rail, and the arm or extension" (lines 60-64).
Date: November 10, 1885
Creator: Hicks, James D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Railroad-Spike.

Description: Patent for certain new and useful improvements in railroad spikes, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: November 8, 1898
Creator: Dodson, Roy
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Spike Demonstration]

Description: Photograph of a railroad historian showing a young girl how to drive a spike into a railroad at the second annual Texas Folklife Festival. The man is helping the girl hold what appears to be a railroad spike hammer; other festival participants are visible behind them.
Date: [1973-09-07..1973-09-09]
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Claw-Bar for Drawing Railroad-Spikes.

Description: Patent for "an invention is an improved claw-bar for drawing railroad-spikes, the object of my invention being to provide the bar with a pivoted fulcrum-piece which is adapted to facilitate the engagement of the toe or claw of the bar with the head of a spike, to increase the leverage of the bar in withdrawing the spike, and to provide means to relieve the pivots or trunnions of the fulcrum-piece of stress when the bar is being operated todraw a spike." (Lines 8-17) Illustration is included.
Date: November 5, 1901
Creator: Smitham, Nicholas L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Spike.

Description: Patent for a railroad spike "which can be used in soft-wood ties." (lines 15-16) including description and illustrations.
Date: September 17, 1901
Creator: Teele, John W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department