Golden Spike National Historic Site is being broken up into two posts, one at the visitor’s center where they hold the reenactments of the union of the transcontinental railroad and the other post is the little driving and walking tours around the area. Here’s the website to the site if you ever want to make a trip out there.
The sign greets you with bright colors, and it really stands out as the whole location is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. But for the middle of nowhere, the views are absolutely stunning. Once we got to the Visitor’s Center we see the location is called Promontory and is 4,905 feet above sea level.
Here’s where the east meets west. Not knowing when I took the picture, if you see closely the railroad ties are two different sizes because each railroad company used different ones.
Here’s the Jupiter which came from the Central Pacific Railroad, the Jupiter is wood powered steam engine.
Both of these engines are replicas of the ones that participated in the big day, but the detail and the color of both engines was fabulous.
The plaque about Engine 119.
Engine 119 is a coal powered steam engine, and you could tell the difference by the color of the steam output.
They also had a reenactment of the whole ceremony that took place in 1869 showing the last ceremonial spikes being driven into the ground.
Don’t worry, members of our group like to have fun, we call this where east meets west 😉
Lastly, a picture with the reenactors.
Next up: The rest of the Golden Spike National Historic Site and the Chinese Arches, and the Big Fill Trail, and lunch in Brigham City.