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“Interesting site”

Golden Spike National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Corinne
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
228 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Interesting site”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

On our way to Yellowstone from Salt Lake City, we took a detour to the Promontory Point where the east and west railroads came together to form one rail from the mid-west to California in 1869. It is about an hours drive north from Salt Lake around the great salt lake! Interesting museum with video and displays of the work that was done on the railroad and laying the track. Steam engines come down the tracks twice on Saturday and also a reenactment of the last spike driven into the rails. A VERY out of the way place but a pleasant drive through meadows and horses. Worth the stop for a different site. Rangers are especially enthusiastic and knowledgeable. No charge for those with federal park pass.

Visited September 2013
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Out of the way stop”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Take the time to drive out of the way and see this. If you enjoy history at all this is a great little stop.

We spent about two hours here. Got to see both trains steam out for the evening.

Kids completed the "Jr. Ranger" program with the help of the staff.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Dougel123
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Ennice, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Make the most of your visit. Go to the Jetty!”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Yes, the other reviewers are right. It's a great piece of history with excellent exhibits and cool trains. Yes, bring a lunch and make an afternoon of it. Yes, call for the times of the train exhibition because the demonstration is half the trip.

Now for the part they didn't mention. We ventured past groups of very friendly horses about fifteen miles down the road to the Spiral Jetty on the Salt Lake. In August the water was low and it was possible to walk all the way out to the jetty. For me, the lake itself is an eerie place. No signs of life in the water or on the water. But walking this artistic "earthwork," added a nature and art element to the historic element of the Golden Spike site.

See more about the Spiral Jetty here>>>> http://www.robertsmithson.com/earthworks/spiral_jetty.htm

Visited August 2013
1 Thank GingerBC
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Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A trip back in time”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

This National site is off the beaten track, but if you're nearby, it's worth the stop. Two beautiful old RR engines are demonstrated at specified times. Best to call ahead for times. Follow road signs rather than GPS. Take a picnic lunch as there are no eating facilities at the site or nearby. Interesting old rr movies are shown as well as a documentary of the building of the tracks. Only open in summer season and it's Hot. This was one of the most important accomplishments in the development of the United States.

Visited August 2013
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Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Out of the way location, probably worth the drive”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

There's really not a lot to see here and unfortunately, while they do live steam engine demonstrations, they only do them every few hours and we missed them. However, on the long drive in the ATK rocket factory made the drive worth while. Probably would not have visited if not a railroad buff.

Visited August 2013
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