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Council Bluffs

Golden Spike Monument

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Only takes a minute to take a selfie.

Like a lot of these roadside attractions such as the Golden Driller in Tulsa or the Blue Whale... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Churchville, Maryland
A big golden railroad spike sticking up.

Not much here. If you're into railroad history or quirky things this would probably be something... read more

Reviewed November 25, 2018
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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1 week ago
“Only takes a minute to take a selfie.”
Nov 25, 2018
“A big golden railroad spike sticking up.”
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South 21st Street and 9th Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like a lot of these roadside attractions such as the Golden Driller in Tulsa or the Blue Whale, this is a drive by, pull over, read a plaque and take a picture. My advice is to stop by, take a picture and then head to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed November 25, 2018

Not much here. If you're into railroad history or quirky things this would probably be something you'd want to see.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

It is kind of worth a quick drive by. Nothing much to see at the spike itself. However, a few blocks away is the Union Pacific Railroad Museum and it is well worth seeing.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Larry H
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Where did the transpacific railroad begin? It started in Council Bluffs Iowa! You can find the monument for the beginning of the railroad expansion west on ninth Avenue in Council Bluffs. Years ago, you could climb up to the top but that has been sealed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Dwane M
Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

Traveling from Texas on a road in the Midwest and had extra time before checking into our hotel so we decided to find quick sights in Council Bluffs. Nice historical site for just driving by on a hot day (June 15, 2018).

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jpamr5
Reviewed June 3, 2018

This historically important recognition of the eastern start to link the railroad across the US is a small park. There is a picnic table by a gold-painted golden spike. Worth a quick stop.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed April 5, 2018

This is not the "golden spike" that people think of when they hear that phrase. The real deal is at Promontory Point in Utah. This is a concrete replica, painted golden yellow that was erected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the great occasion of...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank lanceo53
Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

A giant concrete spike the has nothing to do with the REAL golden spike (in Utah?). It is also located in a crappy park in the middle of nowhere with a port a potty.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank jasontS3599DC
Reviewed June 20, 2017

Its a nice memorial to the railroad but nothing to do other than see the spike,. There are no swings or play area. THere is a picnic table there.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank cheryldZ1448VN
Reviewed May 12, 2017

This 56 foot golden concrete spike was erected in 1939 with the premiere of the film "Union Pacific." It commemorates the junction of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific rail lines at the Promontory Summit in Utah on May 10, 1869. This spot commemorates "Mile...More

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank OnTheRoadAgain1056
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