Golden Spike National Historic Site

Golden Spike National Historic Site

On May 10, 1869, two railroad companies, Union Pacific and Central Pacific, joined 1,776 miles of rail at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. This event sparked unforetold consequences still reflected in our great nation today. Golden Spike National Historic Site commemorates this incredible accomplishment of the completion of this nation's first transcontinental railroad. Reenactments of the Last Spike Ceremony which took place on May 10, 1869 can be seen during the summer season. Volunteers portray the dignitaries who were here on that day in 1869. Steam demonstrations are when the Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives move on the tracks. These demonstrations take place every day during the summer season (May 1 - Labor Day).