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“Good effort for what is actually an important historic moment”

Golden Spike National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Corinne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 29, 2013

If you can remember your American history, the point where the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific came together, after a feverish railroad building race, is basically out in the middle of what is no place, near Corinne, Utah. A lot of effort has been put into re-establishing the various rail beds leading up to the point, as well as very nice exhibits in the building and a re-enactment of the moment, completely with speeches, train whistles and costumes. It's rather a hike out there from Salt Lake City, but a rather energetic reminder of what was going on just after the Civil War in the US in terms of the country trying to tie the entire place together with the rail road.

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Golden Spike is 32 miles west of Brigham City. Allow plenty of time to get to the location and several hours at the site. Replicas of the two locomotives operate during the summer months. A wonderful 24 minute video takes you through the entire building of the railroads and the meeting point where the Golden Spike was driven..

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Since were passing through, I thought it would be worth our time, being so close, to visit such a historical site. To get to the GS site, you head north about 18 miles then turn west and go about 50 miles or so. At first, the land is green and agricultural but soon evolves into scrub cattle land. Eventually you get to the "middle of nowhere". And that's where you'll find the Visitor's Center. But it is so worth it. The trains came out and re-enacted the meeting and that was very exciting. The center has a great railroad museum that explains the different aspect to building the railroad. Wanted to stay longer but had to hit the road. Great visit!

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

If you want to know more about the transcontinental railroad project that was completed in 1869, this National Historic Site run by the National Park Service is a must. It's fascinating.

From North I-84 you drive to Promontory Summit, Utah where there is a nice visitor center and friendly rangers. This is a very worthwhile side trip to wherever you're heading. You can watch an interesting film on how the first transcontinental railroad was built and see memorabilia. Outside you'll see the tracks and the last tie placed to complete the rail.

Starting in May, replicas of the two locomotives, one from San Francisco, the other from New York, face each other on the track during the day. We visited them in their maintenance barn where they are spruced up each season. These engines are beautiful, worth seeing and hearing about.

Discover how this happened and the tremendous impact the Transcontinental Railroad had on the development of the U.S.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Fulfilling this dream and being as close to the experience of the original Golden Spike ceremony as anyone today can get was fantastic!

The drive to the park might take a few minutes but it is worth the effort. The park and facilities are well designed, well maintained and the entire staff is courteous and informed.

The Jupiter and the 119 locomotives are extremely beautiful. They are well maintained and safely operated by park staff. Being able to look into the cab, talk with the engineer and examine the equipment up close and personal made the entire day more exciting.

The visitors center displays are informative and interesting. The gift shop has a great variety of items and was well stocked. The entire day was spectacular thanks to the care and attention to detail provided by the park management and employees.

Thank jean858
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