Spike 150

Leslie Thatcher

One of the many celebrations taking place across Utah for the 150 anniversary of the completion of the country’s first transcontinental railroad – happened in Ogden Thursday night, where both the CEO of Union Pacific Railroad and the country’s Secretary of Transportation spoke to the dinner crowd. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Mark Miller

Considered one of the world's largest locomotives, the recently refurbished Engine No. 4014 made a stop in Echo Wednesday morning, on its way to Union Square in Ogden as part of the Spike 150 celebration - recogonizing the 150 anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

Mark Miller

A big crowd of train fans, residents, and those just curious about what it was all about – lined up and down the railroad tracks in Echo Wednesday morning to celebrate 150 years of one of America’s most iconic accomplishments – the construction of 1,700 miles of rail line completing the country’s first transcontinental railroad. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher was on hand for the 15 minutes whistle-stop at Echo and files this report.

National Parks Service

When Utah’s Spike 150 celebration comes to a high point next week, the biggest event in Summit County will be in Echo. It’s a fairly brief whistle-stop for a big steam engine.

Summit County Fair Director Travis English said that on Wednesday morning, May 8th, at about 9:20 am, Echo will be visited by the Big Boy.

As we’ve reported celebrations in downtown Ogden and at the Golden Spike Historic Park are expecting to see thousands but another, smaller celebration will be taking place in Heber City.

Friday May 10th marks the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in Utah. Heber Valley Railroad’s executive director Mark Nelson explains why they’re celebrating the event in Heber City.

Golden Spike National Historic Park

As part of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad a lot of attention has been turned to the Golden Spike National Historical Park. Park employees has been plenty busy preparing for three days of celebration at the park.

The site where the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869 has seen plenty of changes over the past 150 years. The park’s Special Events Coordinator Julie Blanchard outlines the timeline of the site.

The Park City Library is gearing up its programming for spring and summer. 

Utah is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike, marking the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. To commemorate the occasion, the Park City Library will be hosting an exhibit from Stanford University called “The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad, The Railroad Helped Build America.” The exhibit is currently making its way through the Summit County Library System.

Stanford University

As the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad approaches an exhibit from Stanford University is traveling through Summit County.

Kamas Librarian Lee Whiting says the exhibit ‘The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad, The Railroad Helped Build America’ is at the South Summit services building through the end of April.

Spike 150 .org

The second Friday in May will mark the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike. Doug Foxley, who is heading up the state-wide celebration, says it’s one of the most significant dates in American history.

Foxley is the chairman of the Spike 150 Foundation. He told KPCW that the joining of the transcontinental railroad on May 10th, 1869 was a huge event not just for Utah, but the whole country.

Kimball Arts Center Zhi Lin Exhibit

 

The Kimball Arts Center is partnering with cultural institutions throughout the state to celebrate the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.

Kimball Arts Center Curator Nancy Stoaks says the exhibit opens tonight with 25 works from artist Zhi Lin. His paintings, she says, brings focus to the many thousands of Chinese workers who were integral to the building of the transcontinental railroad through the American West but who were often excluded from view.

Spike 150 .org

The Spike 150 Foundation has been organizing for two years to prepare for the sesquicentennial of the joining of the transcontinental railroad.

The Chair of the group, Doug Foxley, says that over 150 events will be part of the state-wide celebration. One of the coolest will be in Summit County.

Foxley said the Spike 150 Foundation aims to “Party like it’s 1869.” Since it was authorized by the state legislature, they’ve been funded by over $8.6 million in cash and in-kind contributions.