Golden Spike National Historic Site

IMG_0899IMG_0950 IMG_0900You probably know we are huge train fans and rarely pass on an opportunity to see and learn more about trains.  Rarely do we find a site more historic than this National Park Service site.

This is the place where our nation’s East and West were joined forever by a transportation link.  For the very first time one could travel from New York to San Francisco over land.  This was huge!  And it lead to gigantic social, political, environmental changes that affected the whole world.

This site is just North of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.  We actually found it difficult to locate.  It is marked from some directions by some pretty old signs and leads you down some secondary roads that go nowhere else.  This place that sparked wild celebration coast to coast is kind of an afterthought now in the middle of nowhere.

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IMG_0908But what a great job the park service does!  The site features replicas of the original two locomotives that met at Promontory Summit May 10, 1869.  The locomotives are gleaming, fully operational steam engines.  As on that day the Central Pacific locomotive arriving from the West burns wood and the Union Pacific from the East burns coal.

The staff and volunteers make the visit great for everyone.  The park service film is a perfect overview of the story.  Volunteers have come from as far away as Australia to help the staff.  It is an amazing story we read in Stephen Ambrose’s book “Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869”.

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8 Responses to Golden Spike National Historic Site

  1. Great photos of some really cool lookin’ trains.

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  2. Ingrid says:

    Wow, what beautiful trains.

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  3. belchx2 says:

    Loved this place! We went there for Clay’s birthday a few years ago and really enjoyed all the history and the friendly train engineers. So glad you guys had a good time.

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  4. tjbeached1 says:

    I know you had to be like a kid in a candy store there, Randy!!! It looks like a great stop, and one that I will add to my “to do and see list” for the next time we are in that area! So glad to hear you made it to Seattle! Where has the time gone? It seems you were just here! Keep having fun and travel safe! 😉

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  5. What a neat place and worth the off the beaten path experience. Happy Belated Birthday, Randy.:)

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  6. Kings On the Road says:

    Thanks. It was a great day

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  7. Christine Wright says:

    You guys could have your own show on the Travel Channel – awesome sights!!

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