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Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

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Address: 1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
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+1 308-532-9920
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Interesting place

We were traveling through the area and found out about this spot from our RV Park. Really didn't know what we were going to see. It was very interesting and we learned so much... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
756rickc
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Homer, Michigan
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Homer, Michigan
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72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were traveling through the area and found out about this spot from our RV Park. Really didn't know what we were going to see. It was very interesting and we learned so much. The view from the top floor was amazing. Well worth visiting.

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Thank 756rickc
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your time here. There is so much to learn about how the yard operates and it is do interesting. We are so glad you decided to stop here! More 

Norton, Kansas
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Didnt know this place existed. It is well thought out, great displays. 7th and 8th floor viewing areas of the train yard. 2 retired railroad employees were really great about explaining the entire operation from the 8th floor.

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Thank cliffmagie
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

It is great to hear you enjoyed your visit! Our volunteers are a wealth of knowledge, they really help the yard come to life. Thanks for your visit and review! More 

Nebraska
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57 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

Stopped to get info for multi cache and view the train yard. Very friendly people, more then happy to answer any questions you may have .

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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

I hope you were able to find your geochache. I am glad to hear you had an enjoyable time! Thank you for your review. More 

Clackamas
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017

Train nuts like me will spend a lot of time here. A lot of history and interesting facts. The views of Bailey Yard are great!

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Thank Alan N
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping, we find that train nuts often loose track of time on the 8th floor taking in the view! More 

Wesley Chapel, United States
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81 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017

Here on business staying over the wekend. Found it to be interesting. Staff was very nice and knowlegable.

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Thank Robert S
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your time at the Tower! Thank you for your review! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

The Golden Spike Tower overlooks Union Pacific's bailey yard and contains a small gift shop, displays and photos depicting the history. After watching the video and having a complimentary coffee you can head up the lift to the two observation levels one indoor and the other outdoor. More displays and another video are on the indoor level. It is interesting... More 

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Thank iitravel
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

I am glad that you had a good time at the tower. We do find that those more interested in trains often spend more time in the tower than they ever imagined they would! Thanks again for your review. More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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440 reviews
255 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

We are on the RV road again looking for interesting places near our RV Park and our TA app has directed us to the Golden Spike. The staff was very friendly and helped us with every question. The free coffee was not past up and was really good during the video history of the railroad. Our self guided tour gave... More 

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Thank Mike P
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

We are happy that we are able to accommodate RVers that need a place to stretch their legs. It's always good to hear that everyone had fun, even if they are not train buffs! Thanks for your review. More 

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72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

Recently stopped by the Golden Spike to check it out. This is a fun stop for little kids all the way to the train buffs. The top of the spike is a great vantage point to look out over the yard and really witness everything going on. I'm sure I could've sat there for hours and just watched everything taking... More 

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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! It is easy to loose track of time watching the trains, can be memorizing! Thank you for your review! More 

New Ulm, MN
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276 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

I am not a train guy. Still, when passing through I thought this would be a worthwhile and educational stop.The Bailey Yard is an impressive operation. The tour consists of a video overview and then you work your way up the tower. There are knowledgeable guides on each level that help you understand what you are seeing. This place would... More 

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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Trains are really something to learn about! Thanks for your review! More 

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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Visited in summer of 2014 at the tail end of a three-day rail photography sojourn through western Nebraska. This place not only lived up to all the hype, but massively exceeded it! Parking is wonderful for those with RVs, The staff is very gracious and knowledgeable, including the retired UPRR employees who love to sit with and go through all... More 

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Thank Catherine C
GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this review

I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your time at the tower! We are happy to provide parking for all types of vehicles. It gives us great pride to provide an outstanding facility to our guest! Thanks for your visit and review! More 

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