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Golden Spike National Historic Site

All Set For The West: Union Pacific And The National Parks

Abraham Lincoln saw in the name renewal—the Union Pacific. Chartered by Congress in 1862, it was a railroad forged out of the depths of civil war. Lincoln then fervently hoped to heal the Union by stretching its tracks across the West. Finally, with Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, the great undertaking could begin. By then, Lincoln had been assassinated, but the Union would indeed endure.

"The Last Spike" - Separating Fact From Tradition At Golden Spike National Historic Site

If you were a contestant on one of several TV shows that test your knowledge of famous historical events, how would you fare if the question involved the driving of the "golden spike" to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad? If you happened to miss a key fact or two, you'd be in good company, and the staff at Golden Spike National Historic Site has to contend with some long-established traditions that don't quite "hit the nail on the head."

Blowing Off Steam...

For three days at year's end, you can experience how steam locomotives appeared as they chugged along the Transcontinental Railroad in winter.

On December 28, 29, and 30 Golden Spike National Historic Site in northern Utah will host its annual Winter Steam Festival. Visitors can not only watch No. 119 let off steam, but also explore the railroad museum, watch films, and participate in other special events not regularly offered throughout the winter season.

For specific details, check the park's website.


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