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May 10 Celebration Marks Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

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Golden Spike National Historic Site near Brigham City, Utah,will commemorate the 143rd anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 2012 with a variety of fun activities.

This year's observance will include a special ceremony with guest speakers, honoring those that lost their lives while building the transcontinental railroad, two re-enactment ceremonies, and live music.

goldenspike_reenactorsAt 9:30 a.m., events kick off with the arrrival of the site's steam locomotives, Jupiter and No. 119.

Visitors then will see a re-enactment of the Driving of the Last Spike at 2 p.m. Historic photograph re-creations will take place at 10 a.m., followed by entertainment and music provided by the Bear River High School band.

A traditional celebration will begin at 11:20 a.m. with welcoming remarks, a blessing and the presentation of colors - a 20-star U.S. flag - by a color guard from the Sons of Utah Pioneers.

Then at 12:20 p.m. visitors will experience a re-enactment of the driving of the last spike.

On May 10, 1869, the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation. Golden Spike National Historic Site shares the stories of the people and settings that define the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

goldenspike_locomotivesFor those not able to attend the driving of the last spike, the historic event is re-enacted during the summer season. To allow visitors to relive this celebration, volunteers portray the dignitaries who were at the ceremony on May 10, 1869. Re-enactments are held Saturdays and holidays, starting the first of May through Labor Day at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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).

Golden Spike National Historic Site is located 32 miles west of Brigham City, Utah, via Utah Hwy. 83. No services are available at the park, and the nearest gas station is in Corinne, 26 miles east via highway 83.

Travelers coming in from the east, out of Logan Utah, will pass the last available gas station in Tremonton traveling on Highway 102. Any travelers coming in from Idaho on Interstate 84 will pass the last available gas in Snowville Utah, when they take the Highway 83 exit to Golden Spike.

For more information about Golden Spike National Historic Site, visit the Web site at
www.nps.gov/gosp/ .

 
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