Replicas of Union Pacific No. 119 and the Jupiter at Golden Spike NHS.
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Golden Spike National Historic Site
Golden Spike National Historic Site is a U.S. National Historic Site located at Promontory Summit, north of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The nearest city is Brigham City, approximately 32 miles (51 km) east-southeast of the site.
It commemorates the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad where the Central Pacific Railroad and the first Union Pacific Railroad met on May 10, 1869. The final joining of the rails spanning the continent was signified by the driving of the ceremonial Golden Spike.
The Golden Spike National Historic Site encompasses 2,735 acres (1,107 ha). In 2002, it received 49,950 visitors. It was authorized as a National Historic Site on April 2, 1957 under non-federal ownership. It was authorized for federal ownership and administration by an act of Congress on July 30, 1965.
In 1978, a general master plan for the site was adopted with the goal of maintaining the site's scenic attributes as closely as possible to its appearance and characteristics in 1869.
In 2006, a petition to the Board on Geographic Names resulted in a name change for Chinamans Arch, a 20-foot (6.1 m) limestone arch at Golden Spike NHS. Named Chinaman's Arch in honor of the 19th century Chinese railroad workers, the arch has now been officially renamed as the Chinese Arch to mollify sensitivities about the original name (which remains a common usage).
In 2015, a Lego model depicting the two steam locomotives at the Golden Spike National Historic Site was submitted to the Lego Ideas website. Despite that, however, it never reached the required amount of followers for the product to come to reality.
Golden Spike National Historic Site Overview
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Location: Box Elder County, Utah, USA
Nearest city: Brigham City, UT
Coordinates: 41°37′04″N 112°33′06″W
Area: 2,735 acres (11.07 km2)
Established: April 2, 1957
Governing body: National Park Service
Official Website: https://www.nps.gov/gosp/index.htm
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A meeting of the engines at the Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah. Location where the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads came together in on May 10, 1869. By Carol M. Highsmith - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID highsm.13376.
Union Pacific No. 119 4-4-0 steam locomotive at the Golden Spike Historic Site.
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Central Pacific No. 60 "Jupiter" 4-4-0 steam locomotive at the Golden Spike National Historic Site.
By The original uploader was Mr Snrub at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3488328
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