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Jul 26, 2010 - Hill AFB, Side Trip to Golden Spike National Historic Site

As written in the previous post, after we left the City of Rocks, we returned via the same route we travelled northward and this time, detoured to go see the Golden Spike National Historic Site outside of Brigham City, Utah. Along the way to the park, we kept seeing signs telling us about this “rocket center” and couldn’t find anything in any of the literature we had explaining what this meant. However, the signs were also in the same “brown” color used for depicting government type of points of interest, so we were definitely curious....

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May 30, 2010 - Golden Spike National Historic Site

On Sunday we visited the Golden Spike National Historic Site, west of Ogdon Utah. This was where the east tracks being built by the Union Pacific Railroad met the west tracks being built by the Central Pacific Railroad. This marked the completion of the first continental railroad here in the states. This new section ran from Omaha Nebraska to Sacramento California. There was so much history involved in the railroads, we learned so much at this facility. Many Americans died to get the railroad finished from the East to the West. A way of...

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Jun 21, 2008 - UT, Promontory Point Golden Spike

FROM: http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist1/rail.html Driving the Last Spike -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The greatest historical event in transportation on the continent occurred at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869, as the Union Pacific tracks joined those of the Central Pacific Railroad. Leland Stanford, Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins were the “Big Four” that conceived this enterprise and brought it to a successful ending after years of daily struggle that would have...

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Jul 5, 2007 - Promontory and the Golden Spike

Before leaving Utah we wanted to see Promontory Point and the Golden Spike National Historic Site. It was great and well worth the 36 mile trip out of our way. The museum is fascinating, and the $3,000,000 replicas of the engines that participated in the 1869 ceremony are just too beautiful to believe. They fired them up before we left and ran them down the track so we could see them in action . Jupiter, the engine that brought Leland Stanford's cars to the site, burns wood , while 119, the engine that brought the Union Pacific's officials...

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Jul 30, 2006 - Golden Spike National Historic Site

About mid-afternoon I arrived at the Golden Spike National Historic Site, which is 32 miles west of Brigham City. The exhibits chronicle the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, when the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads met at Promontory Summit (not Promontory Point, as commonly believed). The original locomotives were dismantled and sold for scrap in the early 1900s. The replicas are faithful to the originals, right down to the colors. The Union Pacific No. 119 was a coal-burning steam locomotive,...

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