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Uniting A Nation

One of the most iconic and life-altering events in America’s history – the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad – happened in Utah on May 10, 1869. Spike 150 is organized to partner with all those celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony in Utah. Through a series of activities and events, the Spike 150 initiative aims to inspire, educate, and reflect on the Transcontinental Railroad legacy as it unifies Utahns to see that great things are possible with vision, hard-work, dedication, innovation, and collaboration.

Countdown to the 150th Anniversary

May 10, 2019
Countdown to Spike150

Spike 150 Events

Spike 150 is Utah’s celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the Golden Spike. Through a year-long series of events throughout Utah and the nation, we hope to unify, educate, inspire, and leave a legacy.

Jan 4, 2019 - June 26, 2019

A World Transformed : the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

The exhibit shares the story of Utah’s contribution to the completion of the transcontinental railroad and examines the railway’s transformational effects on Utah. A partnership between Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah State Division of History, the exhibit draws upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across not only Utah but the entire United States, including photographs, maps, artifacts, and lithographs.

Feb 1, 2019 – May 26, 2019

The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West

The world’s largest photograph collection documenting the transcontinental railroad’s construction. Presented by Union Pacific and exhibited at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

May 10, 2019

All Aboard for the Spike 150 Chorus!

The Spike 150 Chorus will be the performing chorus organized to help celebrate the sesquicentennial of the completion of America's first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point, Utah. We are seeking 150 fifth to seventh grade students from every county in the state of Utah to participate in the choir.

Ready to join the chorus? Sign up today!
Union Pacific The Great Race to Promontory

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