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“Golden Prison Gaurd Tower- The Bailey Yards Baby”

Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Golden Prison Gaurd Tower- The Bailey Yards Baby”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

There's nothing spectacular about an over-hyped, over-funded prison gaurd tower. That's exactly what you'll find at the "Bailey Yards Baby." A ten million dollar hotel tax funded gaurd shack to keep an eye on North Platte's houses of ill-repute.

Visited October 2012
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Maryville, Tennessee
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Heading to North Dakota”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

My parents and I really enjoyed the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center. It's amazing to watch how trains are put together, taken apart, etc. The view is vast -- there's always something moving in the rail yard.

Visited August 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Well Worth the Visit - An Engineering Marvel”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

If you have any interest in trains, logistics, transportation, or engineering this is a "must see". The Golden Spike Tower provides an excellent vantage point from the 7th fl open deck and the 8th floor enclosed deck museum. UPRRs 8 mile long Bailey Yard is the largest freight classification yard in the world. It is run like a symphony - if you look carefully most everything is in motion. They service 300 locomotives/day and make 15,000 freight cars into trains per day. I'd allocate about an hour. You won't regret this stop.

Visited September 2013
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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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326 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Perfect for train buff, not for kids, fairly expensive!”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Worth it for us since we were staying the night in town and it was a clear, blue sky day. Expensive to ride elevator to top (8th floor) so I wouldn't recommend for kids. View was great. We did not do the 7th floor which is open-air--allergies are too bad and wind was strong.

Visited September 2013
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Leonardtown, Maryland, United States
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“cool”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

place was very nice as far as construction speaking but lady running the place was exceptionally grumpy and wasn't very inviting at all. i guess she is a state employee who can't be fired because she sure does act like it. i think i would just appreciate a more of a warm welcome

Visited August 2013
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