Spike 150 | Utah's Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad
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Uniting A Nation

Unite. Educate. Inspire.

The whistles blew, the crowd cheered, glasses were raised and history was made—again! On May 10, 2019, people from around the world came together in a remote location in Utah called Promontory Summit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Utah’s celebration set the record straight by educating the world about the dedication and hard work of tens of thousands of railroad workers.

Spike 150 started as a dream of what could be – a celebration to unite, educate and inspire. It became an awe-inspiring series of over 150 statewide events that showed the world that great things are possible with vision, hard work, dedication, innovation and collaboration.

Read an article from the Golden Spike Commission Co-Chair, Doug Foxley.
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Spike 150 Ongoing Opportunities

In 2019, we celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Although the celebration has passed, opportunities to experience the Spike 150 events that sought to unify, educate, and inspire live on.

Ongoing

Learn About the History of the Transcontinental Railroad

Two railroads become one in Utah. Learn about our history through an interactive website built by the Utah Department of State History.

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Open Year Round

Golden Spike National Historical Park

Recently re-designated as a historical park, visitors to the Golden Spike National Historical Park can see the location of the Last Spike Site, 1869 railroad construction features, walk or drive on the original railroad grade, and get an up close view of Victorian era replica locomotives.

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Ongoing

Treasures of the Transcontinental Railroad

Take an audio tour of the Spencer Fox Eccles Treasure of the Transcontinental Railroad Exhibition and explore from start to finish the 1862 Pacific Railway Act to the 1869 last spikes at Promontory Summit.

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