Golden Spike is an awesome historical place located clear out west (about 30 miles west) of Brigham City, where the east and west railroads met back in 1869. It is the exact spot where the transcontinental railroad was completed! It’s cool that we have such a huge piece of history located so close to home! My family has lived in Brigham City for over 4 years, and we have wanted to make the trek out there, and finally did the other day. I remember going as a child, but had never been back. It was a fun piece of history to look back on, and we even got to see one of the trains ride the rail! It was pretty exciting, especially for the kids.
There is also a visitors center, with lots of historical artifacts and information. The park rangers also come out at specific times and tell all about how the east met the west. My husband and I have been watching the TV show Hell on Wheels, on Netflix, so it made it fun to hear real facts about the historical characters (Thomas Durrant) portrayed in that show. The trains are not the exact trains from 1869, but are historically correct replicas. The original trains were pieced out and sold a long time ago. It’d be neat to see the exact trains, but the replicas are amazing! It was really interesting to see one of them function, just as they did back then.
Details about Golden Spike National Historic Site:
Location: 6200 North 22300th Street West, Brigham City, UT 84302
Open: 9 am-5 pm
Cost: $7.00 per vehicle
See the trains move: Between 10 or 10:30 a.m.–Trains come out to the track.
1:00 p.m. –One train is moved, Park Ranger talks about the site.
4 or 4:30 p.m.–Trains are moved back in.
Baby Ollie watching the train!
On the way out there, we also stopped at the Golden Spike restaurant along the way, in Corinne. Thought it was fitting for day’s activities! The burger and fries were amazing!
Also, there is the weirdest thing on the way out to Golden Spike. It is a natural warm water mineral spring in the middle of nowhere! I guess people go sit out there to increase their mineral content. It smelled a lot like hot pots in Yellowstone and looked pretty po-dunk. I don’t think I’d sit in it, but I thought it was interesting! The graffiti wall was a nice touch. Buy hey, at least people can’t see you sitting in it from the highway!
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