Golden Spike National Historic Site


The engineering of the steam locomotive revolutionized transportation and transport, and the completion of the U.S. transcontinental railroad opened up the American West. The civil engineering feat of laying two cross-country railroad tracks, one from the east and one from the West, and having them meet, symbolized the economic transformation of the American West. That connection occurred on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Point with the driving in of a golden spike.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Due to the crush of onlookers at the golden spike ceremony in 1869, not one member of the press was able to see the event. Many reporters actually wrote their **eyewitness** accounts days before the ceremony was planned.
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