PROMONTORY – Nearly 1,000 people showed up at the Golden Spike National Historic Park Saturday for the 153 pre-anniversary of driving the golden spike.

Actors dressed in their period clothing entertains some 1,000 people who attended Saturday’s driving of the golden spike program at Promontory Point.

Historic replicas of Juniper and No.119 billowed steam into the air as they rolled towards each other to demonstrate the magnificent feat of the 19th century industrial marvel.

Actors in their period costumes gave an historical perspective of the events on that day 163 years earlier.

The National Park Service is going to hold another reenactment Tuesday, May 10th at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the same location, said Brandon Flint, the superintendent of the Golden Spike National Historic Park.

We decided to hold one on Saturday so families could come and experience it,” he said. “We had a good crowd here and there were a lot of smiling children watching the two historic engines steamed down the tracks.”

The museum is open and there are no face mask restrictions. The museum has artifacts and panels that detail the economic progress and improved way of life joining of the two rails brought to the country.

The audience and actors pose for a picture to replicate the historic photograph of the driving the golden spike on Sat. May 7 2022.

“It was a fun day. We had representatives from the Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation, Karen Kwan representing the Chinese decedents who helped build the railroad, Division of Wildlife Resources, representatives of the Bear River Bird Refuge, BLM and more,” he said. “We will have almost the same program on Tuesday except we will have the Box Elder High School band.”

As part of the program, they will place a wreath to commemorate those who lost their lives during the construction of the cross-continental railroad.

There will be two times for the Tuesday reenactment: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

From Logan to Promontory Point takes slightly over an hour traveling by car.

 

 







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