153rd Anniversary of the Golden Spike

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Saturday, May 7th Last Spike Commemoration Family Day

Admission to the park is free for this special event. A family friendly fun day honoring the completion of the nations first transcontinental railroad and celebration for those who can not make it on the official anniversary on Tuesday May 10th. The day will feature reenactments of the historic Last Spike Ceremony, locomotive demonstrations, cultural programs, and children’s activities. Bring a picnic lunch and join us for a lively and entertaining spring day.

May 7th Schedule

  • 10:00am Locomotive Ranger Program - Arrival of the Locomotives Jupiter and No. 119
  • 11:00am Cultural Program - Honoring Irish Railroad Workers and Traditions
  • 11:30am Presentation by Darren Parry – Northwestern Band of the Shoshone
  • 12:00pm Reenactment of the Last Spike Ceremony
    • "Champagne" photograph with visitors
  • 1:00pm Cultural Program - Honoring Irish Railroad Workers and Traditions
  • 2:00pm Reenactment of the Last Spike Ceremony
    • "Champagne" photograph with visitors
  • 3:00pm Cultural Program - Honoring Irish Railroad Workers and Traditions
  • 4:30pm Locomotive Ranger Program - Depature of the Locomotives Jupiter and No. 119.
  • 5:00pm Visitor Center Closes

Family Fun Activities Hosted Throughout the Day:

  • Spike 150 Foundation- Youth Activities
  • Northwestern Band of the Shoshone – Cultural Demonstration Area
  • Chinese Railroad Worker Descendants Association - Children’s Activities
  • Ogden Amateur Radio Club (ORAC) – Demonstrating History of Communication

Tuesday, May 10th 153rd Anniversary of the Golden Spike


Admission to the park is free for this special event. For nearly 70 years, the Golden Spike Association, National Park Service, and Box Elder County have honored the anniversary of the historic completion of the Transcontinental Railroad that united the nation by rail, hosting a traditional reenactment of the driving of the last spike ceremony as it was done on May 10th, 1869. Please join us in commemorating this special anniversary.

May 10th Schedule

  • 9:30am Locomotive Ranger Program - Arrival of the Locomotives Jupiter and No. 119.
  • 10:00am Recreation of the Historic "Champagne" Photograph for Visitors in Period and Modern Dress
  • 10:30am Music by the Bear River High School Band
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm Commemorative Ceremony and Reenactment of the Last Spike Ceremony
  • 2:00pm Reenactment of the Last Spike Ceremony
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm Cab Tours of the Locomotives
  • 4:30pm Locomotive Ranger Program - Depature of the Locomtives Jupiter and No. 119.
  • 5:00pm Visitor Center Closes

Concurrent Activities Hosted Throughout the Day:

  • National Park Service -Junior Ranger Table

  • Bureau of Land Management -Backcountry Byway Discovery Table and Fire Education

  • Ogden Amateur Radio Club (ORAC) – Demonstrating History of Communication

Last updated: May 3, 2022

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