Golden Spike National Historic Site
This historic site witnessed one of the most important accomplishments of the 19th century. On May 10, 1869, officials of the Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad met here to drive four symbolic spikes (two gold), celebrating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. The Last Spike Ceremony is reenacted every year on the May 10th anniversary, as well as every Saturday and Holiday from May 10th to September, and at the annual Railroader's Festival held the second Saturday in August and during the Winter Steam Festival on the last weekend in December. (Schedule subject to change. Please check www.nps.gov/gosp for updates.)
Working replicas of the 1860's steam locomotives 'Jupiter' and '119' are in operation from May-September. (Schedule subject to change.)
There is an easy, flat 1.5 mile/2.4 km trail called the Big Fill Walk at Golden Spike. Rangers offer talks daily from May 31 to September 1. Visitors can also drive two self-guided auto tours at the site. (The West Auto Tour is a 14-mile round trip, the East Auto Tour is about a 2 mile loop.)
Golden Spike National Historic Site is located 32 miles northwest of Brigham City on State Routes 13 and 83. The visitor center is open year-round. Slide programs, films, and museum exhibits are available at the visitor center.
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