On July 30, 1965 Golden Spike National Historic Site was created "for the purpose of establishing a national historic site commemorating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States...
Some 690 miles east of Sacramento and 1,087 miles west of Omaha, Golden Spike lies in the northern reaches of the Great Basin Desert and ranges from 4,300 to 4,900 feet above sea level. Located at the site of the driving of the last spike of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, its paramount purpose is to illustrate the social, economic, and political impacts of the transcontinental railroad on the growth and westward development of the United States.
The visitor center was built in 1969, just in time for the 100th anniversary of the completion of the world's first transcontinental railroad. Now, more than 50,000 people visit each year.
Though there is no longer a train station or ticket office in Promontory, the visitor center serves as a gateway to the history of one of the most significant events in the American west.
Nearly all visitors at Golden Spike come here to see exhibits, view films, watch ranger presentations, and shop in the bookstore.
The Steam Locomotives are on display and running daily from May 1 through Labor Day. Photo runs only, no rides are available.
During Winter the locomotives are in the Engine House for repairs and clean up. Rangers conduct Engine House tours Saturday and Sunday.
Golden Spike National Historic Site is proud to offer several special events throughout the year. On May 10 for more than four decades a reenactment of the "Driving of the Golden Spike Ceremony" has taken place at Promontory. This great tradition is a testament to the rich heritage of the area and the tremendous support of the local communities.
The Railroader's Festival is held the second Saturday in August each year. This event offers wholesome family fun and stiff competition in events such as the handcar races or the world championship spike driving contest. All winners receive prizes.
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