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Utah Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad

The 150th anniversary of one of the most significant events in the history of the US – the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad – is being celebrated with a series of events, exhibitions and tours across northern Utah, with this year being declared the ‘Year of the Train’ by the state’s governor.

The culmination of a race between two competing rail companies, the line, which joined the Pacific Coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing Eastern US railway, met near Ogden in Utah on May 10, 1869.

An occasion marked by president of the Central Pacific line, Leland Stanford ceremonially driving the golden ‘Last Spike’ at Promontory Summit.
Anniversary celebrations are being brought together under the name 'Spike 150' over the weekend of May 10 and throughout the year.

The Spike 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration Festival will take place from May 10 -12 at Promontory Summit with music, performances, storytelling, historical re-enactments and train demonstrations. The centre-point will be a purpose-built stage framed by the Golden Spike site’s two historical steam engines, the Jupiter and No.119. The ceremony will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham and the world premiere of As One, a musical-theatre reimagining of the 1869 Golden Spike.