On May 10-11, 2019, a 150-year anniversary celebration weekend will take place at Promontory Summit, Utah. Visitors will be able to step out on to the site where history was made, partake in activities, meander through the visitor center and monuments, and visit the nearby Chinese dugouts and Spiral Jetty.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2019, visitors from Utah and beyond can come to the Promontory Summit area and step out on to the site where history was made, partake in ongoing Spike 150 Commission commemorative experiences, meander through the visitor center and monuments, and visit the nearby Chinese dugouts and Spiral Jetty.
Expected Attendance for Spike 150
Spike 150 Activities and Partner Events
May 10, 2018 Kickoff Event
May 10-11, 2019 150th Anniversary Weekend Celebration at Promontory Summit
Live broadcast to Utah’s public school students
Visitors to Summer on the Summit at Promontory Summit
Partner and Community Events
September 26 – October 29, 2018
Through Toil and Labor : the Forgotten History of Utah’s Chinese Railroad Workers
Through photographs, historical documents, and excavated fragments of imported Chinese ceramics, this traveling exhibit seeks to explore the unique history of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Chinese workers in Utah, discuss their daily lives, and share what’s been learned from the artifacts they left behind.
The exhibit is currently at Kane County Healing Arts in Kanab.
Announcement Ceremony Of the Chinese Railroad Workers Monument
Announcement ceremony of the Chinese Railroad Workers Monument: A Golden Spike Project. This also officially kicks off the year-long events of the 150th Golden Spike celebration and efforts of restoring the Historical Chinatown in downtown Salt Lake City by local Chinese community.
You will witness this historical moment, learn an important piece of Salt Lake City history, hear stories of Chinese immigrants in Salt Lake City over 100 years ago, explore photo exhibition of the old Chinatown, enjoy cultural performances, and taste some delicious Chinese food.
Winter Steam Festival
Golden Spike National Historic Site
January 4 – June 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 Western United States, including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs.
February 1 – 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.
She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain! A Family Pops Concert Travel with Conductor Craig Jessop on a spectacular musical journey commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Featuring folksy favorites and Americana celebrating the driving of the Golden Spike, this concert is sure to delight the whole family! Also featuring the Cache Children’s Choir.
A World Transformed : the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah Utah State University and the Utah State Division of History have partnered to create an exhibit which shares the personal stories of the people who built it and those whose lives were forever changed in both big ways and small.
People. Place. Impact. Utah Art Exhibit
Work will relate to the completion of the nation’s First Transcontinental Railroad. Exhibit presented by the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts at the Rio Grande Depot.
National Railway Historical Society Annual Conference
MAY 8 – MAY 11, 2019
2019 Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society/ Union Pacific Historical Society Convention The Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society (SPHTS) and the Union Pacific Historical Society (UPHS) will be holding a joint convention in honor of the 150th anniversary of the golden spike at Promontory, Utah. Members of each group as well as non-members are invited to attend.
Live Celebration Broadcast
Broadcast from Promontory Summit will reach Utah’s 640,000 public school students.
May 10, 2019
Tanner Humanities Gift of Music
Concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony with special guest artist.
May 11, 2019
Ogden Musical Theatre “Melodrama” Ogden Musical Theatre presents the Melodrama, “Ride the Rails” A 40 minute, historical play interspersed with songs and music accompanying the action. This will be preformed multiple times throughout the day and evening during the street festival. Come be a part of the Melodrama as you “BOO” the villain as he ties his victim to the tracks, and “CHEER” for the hero who rescues her.
2019 NMRA Convention and Train Show The National Train Show® was established in 1988 by the National Model Railroad Association as a nationally sponsored combined industry trade show and public train show to promote the hobby of model railroading. The 2019 National Train Show is held in conjunction with the national convention of the NMRA in Salt Lake City, UT. It will be held in the Mountain America Exposition Center (formerly known as Southtowne Expo Center) in Sandy, UT.
Spiral Jetty Tours
See Robert Smithson’s earthwork on the Great Salt Lake, 15-miles from Golden Spike National Historic Site.
Spike 150 Lecture Series
Acclaimed guest historians including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough.
New Curriculum for 4th and 7th Graders
Through a partnership with the acclaimed Gilder Lehrman Institute.
Commemorative Monuments, Sculptures, Art Performances and Exhibits
Recognition of the important contributions made by railroad workers of Chinese, Irish, and African descent, plus the labor of Mormon-pioneer graders.
November 2, 2019
Ogden Music Festival Premiere of banjo themed composition of Ogden’s rich history as a train town by world renowned banjoist and composer Jens Kruger. Performance by the Kruger Brothers in concert with Chamber Orchestra Ogden accompanied by original choreographed dance by Imagine Ballet Theatre.