Golden Spike Sesquicentennial

Spike 150 Celebration

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John Hollenhorst, KSL TV

Colorado Town Disputes Utah’s Transcontinental Claim To Fame

When Utah celebrated the 150th anniversary of the driving of the golden spike, the cheering section was pretty much statewide. But in a tiny Colorado town, some people think the whole thing in Utah is a historical fraud.
3 years ago
Big Boy and Crowd...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Spike 150 Brings Boost To Weber, Box Elder Economy

A large influx of visitors into Northern Utah is expected to translate into millions of dollars being spent, especially in Box Elder, and Weber Counties.
3 years ago
AJ Russell's famous "champagne" photo...
Keith McCord, KSL TV

Iconic ‘Champagne Photo,’ Photographers Remembered On Golden Spike Anniversary

As the transcontinental railroad was nearing completion, fortunately the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads made sure the event was documented. They hired 3 photographers to preserve that great day in 1869.
3 years ago
Native American At Transcontinental Railroad...
Keri Wilcox, KSL TV

Spike 150 Celebrations Honor Native American Culture and Legacy

As Utah and the nation celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, Native Americans hope we also remember and honor an often forgotten legacy of progress.
3 years ago
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BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press

Cannons, Bells, Music Mark 150th Anniversary Of Railroad

Visitors traveled from as far as China and dressed in old-fashioned dresses, top hats and bonnets for the celebration featuring music, a flyover, the firing of cannons and ringing of bells at the Golden Spike National Historic Park.
3 years ago
AJ Russell's famous "champagne" photo...
KSL TV

Presidential Message Released On The 150th Anniversary Of The Completion Of The Transcontinental Railroad

The White House released a presidential message about the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. 
3 years ago
10th May 1869:  The golden spike is ceremonially driven in, completing the first transcontinental r...
ASSOCIATED PRESS

AP Was There: US Celebrates 1869 Railroad Completion

The May 10, 1869, completion of the Transcontinental Railroad was a pivotal moment in the United States, ushering in a period of progress and expansion nationwide.
3 years ago
Big Boy 4014
Photo: Alex Cabrero, KSL TV...
KSL TV

LIVE UPDATES: Golden Spike 150 Transcontinental Railroad Anniversary Celebration

As Utah, and guests from around the world, celebrate the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad,  15,000 people are expected to gather Friday at the remote spot in the Utah desert where the final spikes were hammered into the ground 150 years ago.
3 years ago
Photo: Alex Cabrero, KSL TV...
BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

Thousands Gather In Utah For 150th Anniversary Of Railroad

Some 15,000 people are expected to gather Friday at the remote spot in the Utah desert where the final spikes were hammered into the ground 150 years ago.
3 years ago
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KSL TV

Heritage Festival In Ogden Celebrating Golden Spike Anniversary

This year, the annual Heritage Festival will be a special anniversary edition, celebrating the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago. 
3 years ago
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Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Union Pacific’s ‘Big Boy,’ ‘Living Legend’ Meet Ahead of Golden Spike Anniversary

Organizers say the trains meeting today should be a reminder of how the railroad brought our country together, in more ways than one.
3 years ago
AJ Russell's famous "champagne" photo...
Peter Rosen, KSL TV

What’s Missing From The Picture?

He knew then the history lesson and the photo were missing something – the Chinese workers who built the railroad.
3 years ago
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Jed Boal, KSL TV

UDOT: Drivers Will See Traffic and Congestion Around Golden Spike Events, Should Plan Ahead

If you’re headed out to Golden Spike National Historical Park for the main commemoration tomorrow morning, you should already have a plan in place. UDOT and event organizers are expecting 10,000 people for the Golden Spike Sesquicentennial 150 commemoration, and all of the parking passes are already sold out.
3 years ago
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Associated Press

Historic Trains Meet In Ogden Ahead Of Golden Spike Anniversary

Several thousand train lovers have gathered in Utah to catch a glimpse of a pair of restored 1940s-era steam engines and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
3 years ago
Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 (Photo: Alex Cabrero)...
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 Rumbles Into Utah

At every stop during Wednesday’s run, from Evanston to Echo, Morgan to Ogden, people just wanted to capture the moment.
3 years ago
Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 (Photo: Alex Cabrero)...
MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press

Refurbished ‘Big Boy’ Locomotive Fires Up Crowds In US West

It's longer than two city buses, weighs more than a Boeing 747 fully loaded with passengers and can pull 16 Statues of Liberty over a mountain.
3 years ago
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Spike 150

The moment that connected America is part of Utah’s legacy. KSL takes you behind the scenes of the Golden Spike celebration. Come along for the ride all week on KSL 5 with exclusive stories, interviews and live coverage honoring one of Utah’s most historic moments. Then join us Friday at 11:30am for Spike 150, The Golden History, live […]
3 years ago
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John Hollenhorst, KSL TV

These Enthusiasts Are Celebrating A Big Moment In Utah History On A Tiny Scale

As Utah celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike, one group is taking it far more seriously than the rest of us. It's the folks who like to celebrate the history of railroading in miniature. It's the Iron Horse, tamed to a tiny scale.
3 years ago
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John Hollenhorst, KSL TV

Under It’s Own Steam, ‘Big Boy’ Heading for Utah Celebration

When Utah celebrates the upcoming 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, a star visitor will be something called "Big Boy," the largest steam locomotive ever built.
3 years ago
Union Station...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Ogden City Short on Volunteers Ahead of Golden Spike 150 Year Celebration

Ogden City leaders are hoping to lean on about 1,000 volunteers to help their Golden Spike 150 celebrations go off smoothly. They're still several hundred short of that number.
3 years ago
The ceremony for the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869; comple...
KSL TV

Spike 150, Heritage Festival To Impact Roads In Ogden

As Ogden celebrates 150 years since the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad May 9-11, many downtown roads will be impacted.
3 years ago
223 Tender Car...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Volunteers Locked Out of Train Restoration, Just Ahead of Golden Spike 150

Volunteers with the Golden Spike Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society say they've been locked out of their workshop for four months, and they're eager to get back in time for the upcoming 150 year celebration.
3 years ago
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Alex Cabrero

149th Celebration at Golden Spike has many already looking to next year

PROMONTORY, Utah – A big celebration for the 149th anniversary of the place and time in Utah history that put the Beehive State on the map. It was May 10, 1869 when the east and west coasts were connected for the first time by rail – and it happened in a remote part of Box Elder […]
4 years ago
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