One of the most life-altering and iconic events in America’s history is the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.  The historic event happened on May 10, 1869.  The coast-to-coast railroad revolutionized settlement of the American West and provided means to spark growth of the economy.

East and West shaking hands at the laying of the last rail" of the Union Pacific Railroad
East and West shaking hands at the laying of the last rail” of the Union Pacific Railroad

All of Utah is preparing for May 10th, 2019.  The day marks the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, which commemorated the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

The Golden Spike is a 17.6 karat gold spike driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads into the Transcontinental railroad.

The day will undoubtedly attract many visitors, and some have predicted over 75,000 visitors to Ogden, Utah on every day of the celebration.

The Union Pacific Railroad is bringing their newly restored Big Boy No. 4014 locomotive and the Living Legend No. 844 to Ogden, before the engines return home to the steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

On May 11, you can take a tour of the No. 4014 and the No. 844 at the Ogden Union Station.  Enjoy other trains of the heritage fleet in Ogden as part of the event. 

On the anniversary date, May 10th, the celebration moves to the Golden Spike National Historical Park (https://www.nps.gov/gosp/index.htm), the site where the spike was pounded in place.

A series of activities and events are being organized by Spike 150 (https://spike150.org) to educate and celebrate the Transcontinental Railroad history.

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