LOGAN – A 43-foot tall golden spike monument, built years ago to celebrate the construction of the transcontinental railroad, is currently traveling through several western states before its installation at Golden Spike State Monument at Reeder Ranch in Brigham City, Utah, in an 8-acre park purchased by the city.

Golden Spike State Monument

Screen shot of video depicting Golden Spike State Monument which will be located at Reeder Ranch in Brigham City, Utah.

The spike will be displayed on the Utah State University campus Tuesday, April 30 in the parking lot north of the Emma Eccles Jones College Education and south of the Logan Cemetery and will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Doug Foxley, chair of the Golden Spike Foundation, said the monument’s purpose is to inspire people to honor the memory of thousands of workers who built the transcontinental railroad.

Golden Spike monument - artistic rendering

Artist rendering of the Golden Spike monument.

Foxley will join Ross Peterson and Darren Perry in a discussion of the monument in the USU Sorensen Center for Clinical Excellence, Room 150, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The monument, created by artist Douwe Blumberg, weighs 8,000 pounds and is covered in gold leaf.

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