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The historic moment when two trains met on America's First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 was awesome. So obviously, Jack Little thinks, we should celebrate it in Legos.
Little has designed a 2,000-piece Lego set of the Golden Spike ceremony held at Utah's Promontory Summit to commemorate the celebration's 150th anniversary in 2019. It features famous steam locomotives Jupiter and No. 119 on the track where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met.
Little, a railroad and American history enthusiast, said he wants to see more non-fiction themes in Lego kits. The Golden Spike kit would be both educational and fun, he said.
"Go to any store that sells Legos and you'll see walls of the kits they have. The majority of it is well-known movie franchises: Marvel Comics, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings," Little said. "Those are fun, but you can't get much out of them in terms of learning things."
He said he wants to interest kids in science, history and gender equality.
"If they get excited about it, that will make a better human civilization," Little said.
This is Little's first submission to Lego Ideas. He played with Legos as a kid, but said he "rediscovered my love of Legos" when his son recently turned 2.
Gary Willden, who manages the bookstore at the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit, said he thinks the idea is "wonderful."
"If that became available, I'd pick it up in a heartbeat," Willden said.
One of the most popular items in the gift shop is an off-brand Lego-type kit of locomotives, he said, and kids who come through the store love Legos.
Willden also said the monument is important to American history, and kids should know about it.
"America changed when the transcontinental railroad was completed," he said.
The displacement of Native Americans and the mass slaughter of buffalo during the construction of the railroad blemish the historical moment, Willden said.
But connecting the railroads changed transportation in the late 19th century, because it enabled people to travel the country in seven or eight days, he said. The trip previously took months, traveling by foot or wagon.
Little's set recreates the iconic "champagne" photograph of the locomotives and the celebration on May 10, 1869, which shows hundreds of railroad employees, executives and other celebrators.
Although women were present, none is in the photo. It also shows none of the more than 11,000 Chinese workers who laid track over the Sierra Nevada, across the desert and into Utah.
Little has included women in his mini-figure crowd, and the mini-figure wearing a checkered shirt is supposed to be one of the Chinese characters, Little said.
If Little's kit earns the 10,000 votes, the idea still must be chosen by Lego to be produced and had 165 votes as of Wednesday morning.