The Golden Spike National Historic Site
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On May 10th in 1869 the first transcontinental railroad was completed by the driving of a symbolic golden spike at Promontory Summit in The Utah Territory. Today, Promontory Summit is a National Historic Site managed by the National Park Service.

Promotory SummitPromontory Summit is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Ogden, Utah. Going north on I-15 a few miles past the Brigham City Exit you will see the signs directing you west on Utah Highway 83 to The Golden Spike Historic Site. As you pass through the community of Corrine its a good idea to check your gas gauge.

Golden Spike National Historic SiteYou will find no food services at the site, but there are vending machines and modern plumbing. The main building contains a theater, displays, ticketing and administrative offices and a gift shop with a variety of railroad related books, posters, recordings and other appropriate items.

Transcontinental Railroad The real star attractions at the site are the steam engines, "Jupiter" and "No. 119". Both of the original engines were scrapped in the early 1900's, but these replicas were reconstructed from period drawings and specifications and they made their debut on May 10, 1979.  Jupiter, a wood burner, was the engine used by Central Pacific Railroad The Central Pacific RR in the original ceremony and No. 119, a coal burner, was The Union Pacific's choice. The engines run daily, May through Labor Day. During the winter, they are cleaned, maintained and stored in the Engine House at the site.

Central Pacific Railroad Each Saturday during the summer the engines are drawn up facing each other as they were in 1869 and the Golden Spike Ceremony is re-enacted by local volunteers in period costume who take the roles of the prominent guests who were present at the event.
Historic Railroad Site The "Railroaders Festival" is held each year on the second Saturday in August. In addition to the regular re-enactment of the ceremonial driving of the the golden spike, the Railroaders' Festival features a number of other activities including Handcar races and rides, contests, an Old Time Fiddlers' Concert, Buffalo Chip Throwing and other wholesome family activities.

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