October 2, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Police in Sacramento are investigating a possible failed attempt to steal the Golden Spike from the California State Railroad Museum.
The Merced Sun-Star reports a display case was damaged during a break-in late Wednesday.
Steve Van Etten, state parks peace officer supervisor, says no damage was done to artifacts and no items are missing. The museum was open to the public on Thursday though some areas were cordoned off.
The Golden Spike is a twin of the ceremonial spike used by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Continental Railroad in 1869.
The spike was acquired by California State Parks in 2005 and put on display in 2006.
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