Golden Spike National Historical Park, Utah
Golden Spike National Historical Park, Utah | Photo Credit: Flickr - Han Zheng
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Located on Promontory Summit, the Golden Spike National Historical Park is a landmark dedicated to one of the most significant railroad achievements in United States history. Occurring long before Utah even became a state, this site marks the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad that connected the east to the west. 

The First Transcontinental Railroad was a major advancement in the development of the United States and the dream of manifest destiny. It stretched nearly 2,000 miles from eastern Nebraska to the Pacific Coast of California. The tracks were started at each end with the hopes of meeting in the middle. 

On May 10, 1869, the “golden spike” was driven into the last connecting railroad ties at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. It was significant in the fact that it finally provided a much simpler route for those trying to travel from the east to west coast of America. Although the original spike is located in a museum at Stanford University, this National Historical Park is a major location for those interested in American history as well as locomotives.

Golden Spike National Historical Park, Utah | Photo Credit: Flickr – GPA Photo Archive

How to Visit

Golden Spike National Historical Park is located at 6200 North 22300 in Corinne, Utah. Operational steam engines are still located on the site and can be visited by those stopping by the park. For more information on the park, please visit the official website here.

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