A prominent event at Promontory Point

One hundred forty years ago a golden spike was driven into the nation’s first transcontinental railroad uniting the East to the West in many unforeseen ways. Now in its 33rd year, the annual Railroader’s Festival at the Golden Spike National Historic Site tells the story of the hard work and heartache that brought the Union and Central Pacific Railroads together. Construction on the railroad went underway after the Pacific Railway Act passed in 1862. Supported by government bonds, the project began with 30 years worth of anticipation and was one of the crowning achievements in the Lincoln presidency. After its completion in 1869, it revolutionized trade, travel, the population, and economy of the still wild American West.Many workers, mostly Chinese immigrants and Irish laborers, lost their lives as poor working conditions, wages, and disease were rampant. The ultimate sacrifice was part of the job description. Still, thousands of immigrants went straight to the railway work yards, sparking in fellow countrymen the hope of a better tomorrow, the first American dream. This Saturday, August 8th, you can experience the excitement of the last spike ceremony in a live re-enactment, just one of the many exciting events the Railroader’s Festival has to offer. Only 32 miles west of Brigham City, being part and experiencing railway history is conveniently located. Visitors can view a vintage 1950’s railcar, more commonly known as a “speeder,” take a ride on the tracks, have a potluck dinner, and participate in more of their intriguing events. The festival offers something for everyone whether history buff or child. Games such as egg toss and races, a greased pole climb, wood stoking, and a buffalo chip throw will all take place throughout the day. For a more in depth look, participants are invite to check out the visitors center open from 9-5pm. All games, activities, and entertainment is free and visitors are advised to bring water, sun screen and bug spray. Friends of the furry variety are also invited on the one condition they are kept on a leash and cleaned up after. For more information please call 435-471-2209 or visit the Golden Spike National Historic Website at

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