Golden Spike Monument
Historic Sites • Monuments & Statues
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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rschiller
Garden Grove, CA271 contributions
Aug 2020
So, this is indeed a giant Golden Spike which signifies the eastern terminus of the Union Pacific transcontinental railway. The statue was done for a publicity stunt for a Cecil B. DeMille movie. No sign of train tracks around...it's in an empty park and across from the Golden Spike Trailer Park. If you're in the area, sure, make a quick stop at this quirky locale otherwise no need to go out of your way.
Written August 17, 2020
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,346 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
If you didn’t know this was an “attraction,” you wouldn’t notice it. It’s a drab, large railroad spike in a field on the side of an industrial road. It was erected for a movie and there’s no signage. You don’t even need to stop the car to visit this one.
Written June 18, 2022
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OnTheRoadAgain1056
Las Vegas, Nevada268 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
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 Marker Zero" as the eastern terminus of the transcontinental railroad.
Written May 12, 2017
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Windsurferguy01
Utah255 contributions
Oct 2019
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 the Union Pacific Museum a couple miles away and that will then make for a good day.
Written November 10, 2019
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McFerrid
Omaha, NE2,735 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
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 for decades. A historical monument adjacent to the railroad yards of Council Bluffs, bring a tuna sandwich and take a 15 to 20 minute gander at history
Written August 8, 2018
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jfadds
Naperville, IL4,776 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Situated across from a trailer park- the spike sits there with no signage explaining what is going on here.
Needs a bit of help from someone
Written July 24, 2021
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Pam W
Wichita, KS73 contributions
Sep 2020
There isn't really much to see but if you are interested in railroad sights it is fine. It is free and just a giant concrete spike painted gold. Just unusual.
Written October 5, 2020
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CastlePerson
Council Bluffs, IA47 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Not much here. If you're into railroad history or quirky things this would probably be something you'd want to see.
Written November 25, 2018
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Larry H
Kearney, NE39 contributions
Nov 2017
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.
Written October 31, 2018
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Jpamr5
Richmond, TX937 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
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).
Written June 15, 2018
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