“where Union & Cent. Pacific rail met”
May 10, 1869 the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation. Golden Spike National Historic Site shares the stories of the people and settings that define the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad.
We had a magical trip here with the kids. Arrived just in time to watch a wonderful historical re-enactment. We enjoyed speaking to the actors afterward and getting our pictures with them in front of the trains. I was also charmed by the sunflowers and views from the side roads.
The kids loved this stop. A bit out of the way, in the middle of nowhere. The park rangers were so helpful. My kids finished the Jr. ranger program while we were there. Stopped at the engine house to see the Jupiter and No. 119 and it was worth it. Mike was helpful there in answering questions. Definitely worth the drive! Stop at Holden Spike Burgers in Corinne!
Sorry- hit send too early. ;) It's a bit off the beaten path, but If you go here plan on 2-3 hours and take the tour. We had a park ranger that was a self proclaimed history 'geek' and he was AWESOME. Very educational and well worth the drive. :-)
This is a wonderful "off the beaten path" museum and historical visit. We hadn't planned on much time at all - and ended up spending most of the day wandering the museum and artifacts outdoors.
Always a great time. The museum is fun and educational. IF you can hit on there Golden Spike days there are extra activities. Bundle up though, it can be cold.
We are homeschoolers and so made a roadtrip this summer an 'American history' trip! This was our first stop.
I’m not a huge train fan, but it was kind of cool to see where the rail lines met. Worth a stop if you are in the area (or if you are a train devotee). We happened to there when they had both engines running with engineers to answer questions.
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