Golden Spike National Historical Park Facts

150th Anniversary
150th Anniversary Celebration

Important Dates

  • May 10, 1869 - The first transcontinental railroad is completed.
  • 1916 - The Southern Pacific Railroad places an obelisk at the last spike site.
  • April 2, 1957 - The site is designated a National Historic Site but is not federally owned.
  • July 30, 1965 - Golden Spike National Historic Site is established under federal ownership.
  • May 10, 1969 - 28,000 visitors attend the 100th anniverary of the completion of the railroad.
  • May 4, 1979 - Fully functioning replicas of the Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives are delievered to the park.
  • May 10, 1994 - The park celebrates the 125th anniversary and welcomes an estimated 14,000 visitors.
  • March 12, 2019 - The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act is passed by congress and redesignates Golden Spike as a National Historical Park.
  • May 10, 2019 - 23,500 visitors attend the 150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad. The event extended through May 11 and 12 with total visitation for all three days being 50,000 visitors.
Arch at Golden Spike NHP
Arch at Golden Spike

L. Hugie/NPS

Geographic Facts

  • Total Area: 2,735 acres (1,107 hectares)
  • Elevation at Visitor Center: 4,905 feet
  • Total miles of track in the park: 1.7 miles
  • Vegetation: Sagebrush-Steppe
No. 119 Steams By
The No. 119 on a hot, dry, summer day

L. Hugie/NPS


Golden Spike NHP is included in the Budget Justifications book which is published annually. Donations to the park are used to maintain the locomotives and sustain the Jr. Ranger program.

Visitation Statistics

Visitation to Golden Spike National Historical Park has been steadily increasing in recent years. The park also experiences record visitation during anniversary years. The National Park Service records monthly visitor use statistics and publishes them online. View the interactive NPS Visitor Use Statistics page to explore numbers and information from 1979 to present.

Last updated: November 28, 2021

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P. O. Box 897
Brigham City, UT 84302


435 471-2209 x429

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