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    Golden spike utah railroad park tour Golden Spike National Historic Site

    At Promonitory Summit, located near the northern shores of the Great Salt Lake, this landmark commemorates the historic completion of America's first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Discover the stories and settings for an event that defined the destiny of our nation.

    "Wedding of the Rails" celebrates the joining of Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad construction projects on May 10, 1869. The final joining of the rails spanning the continent was signified by the driving of the ceremonial Golden Spike.


    Locomotive Operations [May-Sep]
    Living History Tour / Ceremony Re-enactment

    Locomotive runs will be held on a daily basis, starting the first of May. These runs will include arrivals of the Jupiter and 119 at 10:00 and 10:30 AM, steam demonstrations of both locomotives at 1:00 PM, and departures of the 119 and Jupiter at 4:00 and 4:30 PM. Note that no rides are given on these engines. Reenactments of the joining of the rails ceremony is done twice daily during the summer : 11AM and 1:30 PM


    Engine House Museum Tour

    This building is the home to the steam locomotives Jupiter and No. 119. These engines are fully-functional replicas of the original locomotives that met here in the famous pictures depicting the joining of the rails. Engine House Tours are usually available at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.


    Morton Thiokol Rocket Test Site

    The Morton Thiokol company (now owned by ATK) manufactured over the years a number of famous solid-propellant rocket boosters, including several types of ICBM's and the Space Shuttle Boosters, at a facility near here. Full scale prototypes of many of these are on display in this outdoor setting.
    Located off SR-83 about 25 miles west of Brigham City - just a few miles past the golden spike turnoff;
    Thiokol Rocket History -
    ATK Thiokol Homepage - Thiokol Company Today


    Great Salt Lake Spiral Jetty Local Landmarks

    Take a short tour to discover these historic features connected to this park:

    • Chinamans Arch - a 20-foot limestone arch named in honor of the 19th century Chinese railroad workers.
    • Spiral Jetty - Built in 1970 by American sculptor Robert Smithson, is an earthwork of entirely of mud, salt crystals, basalt rocks, earth, and water on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake near Rozel Point in Utah. It is 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide.
    • Big Fill Loop Tour - 1.5 mile walking trail - Walk through cuts, over fills, and see drill marks where workers blasted rock away. Keep in mind, all of this was accomplished by simple tools, sweat, and an amazing amount of endurance.
    • Promontory Auto Tours - Follows the tracks for 14 miles to see evidence and samples of railroad construction techniques.

    Golden Spike National Historic Site
    Box Elder County, Utah; 435-471-2209;
    NPS Website;
    Utah History - History of the Golden Spike.

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