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Driving the Spike

Pacific145th Anniversary slated

Saturday, May 10, will mark the 145th anniversary of the driving of the golden spike in Promontory.

As is the past, the historic completion of the transcontinental railroad will be commemorated with a host of activities at the Golden Spike Historial Site, including these events:

9:30 a.m. – Arrival of the Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives.

10 a.m. – Historic photograph recreations (Champagne photo)

10:45 a.m. – Bear River High School

11:30 a.m. – Anniversary program

Welcome – Leslie Crossland, superintendent, Golden Spike National Historic Site and Norm Nelson, president, Golden Spike Association

Introductions/Special Announcements

Blessing – Jeff Scott

Presentation of Colors – 20 Star Flag – Color Guard from Sons of Utah Pioneers Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem – Bear River High School

Keynote Speaker –Aaron Hunt, Union Pacific Railroad

Memorial Wreath – Golden Spike Association and National Park Service

Moment of Silence – Taps

12:20 p.m. – Last Spike reenactment

12:45 p.m. – Steam Demonstration

1:15 p.m. – Presentation in the Main Auditorium

2 p.m. – Re-enactment of the Driving of the Last Spike

2:30 p.m. – Steam Demonstration

3 p.m. – Ranger Program in the Main Auditorium

5 p.m. – Retreat of Colors, Departure of Locomotives


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