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Golden Spike National Historic Site, UT

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Golden Spike

Visit the site where railroad brought America together
One of the most iconic and life-altering events in the United States history — the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad — happened in Utah on May 10, 1869. Today, visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site to relive the history with exhibits and demonstrations, and take in the beauty of the surrounding Great Basin Desert and nearby Great Salt Lake and Spiral Jetty.

How to Visit

Visitor Center
Head to the Visitor Center where you can wander the tracks and see numerous relics they have on display. Look at the schedule for reenactments of the two life-size, fully operational, replicas of the Jupiter and No. 119 steam locomotives on the tracks. [Watch the Video: A Father-Daughter Journey to the Place the United the Nation]

Drive the Auto Tour
The Golden Spike has two short auto tour routes. The West Grade Auto Tour starts seven miles west and is the stretch of line where CPR set the world record for most track laid in a single day, 10 miles and 56 feet. The East Grade Auto Tour begins four miles east of the visitor center. This path takes you on the Union Pacific Grade. Building the line through the Promontory Mountains was difficult. In only eight miles UPR blasted five cuts, and built four trestles and four fills. The route will take you by the Final Cut and the Chinese Arch, a natural limestone arch named as a nod to the numerous Chinese laborers of the CPR.

The East Auto Tour ends at the Big Fill Loop Trail. Park the car and walk out to a large ravine filled in to support the line. The Central Pacific used earth, the Union Pacific built a large trestle and you can still see the abutments.

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary
In 2019, Spike 150 is Utah’s celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Learn more about Spike 150 events throughout the year.

Drive the Transcontinental Railroad Backcountry Byway

This remote 90-mile backcountry byway on the Central Pacific Railroad Grade is on the National Register of Historic Places. Start west of Golden Spike National Historic Site or access from the north on S.R. 30 to start at Kelton. The byway follows the original path of the railroad through the remnants of old towns, trestles and 20 interpretive sites along the grade. Carry plenty of water, spare tires and be prepared for gravel roads in a remote setting. Curious? See the BLM georeferenced map.

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Participate in railroad history, bird migration and iconic earth art in the quiet stretches of Northern Utah's rural Box Elder County. It starts with a visit to the Utah State Railroad Museum and finishes in a nature reserve for the land's first migrants.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Historic Union Station
  • Golden Spike National Historic Site
  • Spiral Jetty
  • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

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