The Joining of a Nation

May 10, 1869 the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation. Golden Spike National Historic Site shares the stories of the people and settings that define the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

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Replica locomotives of the Central Pacific Jupiter and Union Pacific 119

Locomotive Operations

While exploring the history surrounding the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, come take the opportunity to view the replica locomotives.

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Golden Spike National Historic Site Visitor Center (construction completed 1969)

Golden Spike Visitor Center

The visitor center at Golden Spike National Historic Site was completed in 1969 for the centennial anniversary of "the Driving of the Last Spike".

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Western National Parks Association is a non-profit organization that supports the National Park Service.

Western National Park Association Bookstore

Western National Parks Association operates the visitor center bookstore, focusing on railroading history and the resources surrounding this site.

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Golden Spike's Volunteer Program

Get Involved

You can help make Golden Spike National Historic Site memorable, through our Volunteers in Parks Program. Find out how through the link below.

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Handcar being pumped down the tracks

Winter Steam Festival

For 3 days in between Christmas and New Year's Day, visitors can get the opportunity to see one of our locomotives operate in the cold temperatures.

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Volunteers and Golden Spike staff dressed in period costumes reenact the famous

May 10th Celebration

Golden Spike National Historic Site will be celebrating its 145th anniversary of the Driving of the Last Spike Ceremony on May 10th, 2014.

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