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Golden Spike National Historic Site – Ogden, Utah

Northern Utah

Golden Spike Naitonal Historic Site – Ogden, Utah

On May 10, 1869, officials of the Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad met here to drive four symbolic spikes (two of them gold) celebrating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.  With the single telepraphed word, “done”, signaled to the naiton that the transcontinental railroad was completed. 

On the crews there were 8,000 to 10,000 Irishy, German and Italian immigrants that had make the railline possible.  These crews worked for teh Union Pacific.  The Central Pacific had over 10,000 Chinese laborers, who built the line east from Sacramento, California.

Union Pacific’s No. 119 and Central Pacific’s “Jupiter” engines lined up facing each other on the tracks, separated only by the width of one rail. Leland Stanford, one of the “Big Four” of the Central Pacific, had brought four ceremonial spikes. The famed “Golden Spike” was presented by David Hewes, a San Francisco construction magnate. It was engraved with the names of the Central Pacific directors, special sentiments appropriate to the occasion, and, on the head, the notation “the Last Spike.” A second golden spike was presented by the San Francisco News Letter. A silver spike was Nevada’s contribution, and a spike blended of iron, silver, and gold represented Arizona. These spikes were dropped into a pre-bored laurelwood tie during the ceremony. No spike represented Utah, and Mormon Church leaders were conspicuous by their absence.

This line didn’t last a long time, since in 1903-04 construction of the Lucin Cutoff siphoned most of the traffice from Promontory’s “Old Line” and the last tie of laurel was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  Then, in 1942, the old rails that ran for teh 123 mile Promontory Summit line were salvaged for war efforts in ceremonies marking the “Undriving of the Golden Spike”. 

A Memorial marker of the “Last Spke” had been placed along the right-of-way in 1943.  Following the end of WWII local residents began marking the event.  In 1957 Congress established a seven-acre tract as the Golden Spike National Historic Site., in 1965 Congress enlarged the site to is current 2,176 acres and is administered by the National Park Service.

Today steam engines run daily from May to August and from Christmas to New Year’s Day for the public.  The Park Service can direct visitors to walking and driving tours along the old grades, as well as to photo and other exhibits celebrating the transcontinental railroad.

Promontory Summit is the location of the National Park site.  It is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Odgen.  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 Spke Historic Site.  Just a word of caution, when you come to Corrine you may want to make sure you have checked your gas gauge since there are no places to get foor at the site (other than vending machines and modern plumbing) but no gas station.

The main building at the site contains a theater, displays, ticketing and administrative offices along with a gift shop.

You will enjoy seeing the steam engines, “Jupiter” and “No. 119″.  Both of the original engines were creapped in the early 1900’s but these replicas are there for you to enjoy.

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.

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.

Golden Spike is in the MOUNTAIN time zone and does change to daylight savings time.

Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas. Outside attractions are open during daylight hours.

Please call (435) 471-2209 ext. 29 for latest information.

ENTRANCE FEES ~ Private, noncommercial vehicle (See Pass Information below.)

Vehicle $7.00 (summer)/$5.00 (winter) – 7 Days 

Fee is good for all persons riding in a private, noncommercial vehicle.

Individual $4.00 (summer)/$3.00 (winter) – 7 Days

Admits one individual when entering by bicycle or motocycle.

Brigham City Museum-Gallery – Brigham City, Utah

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Brigham City museum.jpgBrigham City Museum-Gallery – Brigham City, Utah

For almost 40 years, the Brigham City Museum-Gallery has offered patrons diverse, quality programming such as the Norman Rockwell Lithographs, Oklahoma Memorial Quilts and Nagasaki Journey.  The museum has also curated a variety of shows in-house that have had wide appeal, namely Trail of Iron, a photo documentary about the construction of the first transcontinental railroad.

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Crystal Hot Springs – Brigham City, Utah

Northern Utah

cystal hot springs.jpgSpend Your Winter Vacation at Crystal Hot Springs. Don’t blow your winter vacation budget on plane tickets to some far-off land.  Relax and improve your mental and physical health by visiting the natural hot springs of Crystal Hot Springs near Brigham City, Utah, just an hour north of Salt Lake City.  With affordable fees ranging from $15-$25 for passes, you can enjoy the park and springs without worry.  You can hardly make an appointment at your local spa for that price!

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Wasatch Range – Salt Lake City, Utah

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Northern Utah

Natural landmarks you can visit  

In the southwestern part of Utah, you can visit the magnificent Mojave Desert. It is locally called as the High Desert and its boundaries are defined by the existence of a type of tree called the Joshua tree, which is an indicator species for the desert.  The desert is host to various types of desert fauna and flora.

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Things to do in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Great Things to do in Salt Lake City, Utah

Many people who travel to Utah come to Salt Lake City hoping to see the sights and take in some of the culture. There are quite a few things to do in and around the city as well, and no one, family or individual, will ever suffer from a lack of activities.

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Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum – Provo, Utah

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Northern Utah

Learn a Lot with a Visit to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

Utah is probably best known for its salt lake and rugged western landscape, but there is far more to do here than sit at the water’s edge and dream of being a cowboy. One of the most popular destinations for families to visit is the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum located on the grounds of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. This museum opened to visitors three decades ago and still attracts countless tourists and locals every year. Besides being a museum that is open to the public, there are a number of scientists doing research there, studying a variety of different plants and animals.

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American West Heritage Center – Wellsville, Utah

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Step into the Past at the American West Heritage Center

 Tales of the rugged, Wild West and the Utah frontier go hand in hand. A number of characters from the old west traveled through and stayed for a while in Utah, including Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and even the Rough Riders (of whom Teddy Roosevelt was a member). It is no wonder then that the American West Heritage Center, tucked away at the foot of the Wellsville Utah Mountains, is such a big draw to tourists and locals alike. It is just a short drive (about 70 miles) north of Salt Lake City, and makes a great stop on just about anyone’s vacation itinerary.

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Northern Utah

The mission of the Utah Olympic Park is “to provide a year-round, world-class facility to develop athletes in winter sports through competition, training and recreational programs.”

 This facility was originally known as the Utah Winter Sports Park and was officially funded in 1989 as part of the Salt Lake Bid Committee’s efforts to be approved as a site for Olympic Winter Games. 

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Central Utah, Northern Utah, Southern Utah

The state of Utah is a vacation paradise and has a great deal to offer to outdoor enthusiasts. The natural landscaping of this region is unique with its amazing variety of shapes and colors. Most of the state sits on a plateau that is more than 4,000 feet above sea level with the highest elevation reaching over 13,000 feet.

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