Spencer Fox Eccles: Treasures of the Transcontinental Railroad
Start to Finish: The 1862 Pacific Railway Act to the 1869 Last Spikes at Promontory
Don’t miss your chance to see artifacts from the transcontinental railroad on exhibit at the Utah State Capitol for this 150th anniversary celebration. For the first time since May 10, 1869, three out of four of the spikes used at Promontory Summit to signify the completion of the railroad will be on display together, and traveling from the National Archives in Washington D.C., see the original 1862 Pacific Railway Act signed by President Abraham Lincoln. These and other artifacts have been assembled to educate and inspire millions of Utahns and visitors from across the globe.
The Treasures Exhibition will be highly attended. In order to ensure everyone has a quality experience viewing the objects, we ask visitors to find a place in line at least one hour before the close of the exhibition. Visitors arriving after this time will be asked to return the following business day.
FREE Exhibit from May 3 – June 24, 2019
Utah State Capitol Gold Room is open Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday – Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Statewide Events & Activities
2019 is the “Year of the Train” and we anticipate more than 150 events and activities will occur throughout the state. Find an event and connect with those celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. There is still time to become a Spike 150 Partner and submit your event or activity.
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. Read More
November 2, 2019
Crossroads Ogden Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music has commissioned modern American composer Jens Kruger for a composition based on the unique town of Ogden and its unique history as a train town for strings, brass and percussion. Premiere performance by the Kruger Brothers in concert with Chamber Orchestra Ogden and original dance by Imagine Ballet Theatre. Read More
New Curriculum for Kindergarten – 8th Graders Lessons, activities and resources to help students discover the engineering triumphs that propelled westward expansion. Read More
Unlock the Past with Augmented Reality Interactive resources that include augmented reality images of the Golden Spike, Jupiter train, Abraham Lincoln, and much more. Explore Now.
Spiral Jetty Tours See Robert Smithson’s earthwork on the Great Salt Lake, 15-miles from Golden Spike National Historical Park.
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. Read More.
Arts and Music
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