Ghost Train at Golden Spike

Written by on October 20, 2011 in Haunted Southwest - Comments Off on Ghost Train at Golden Spike

In 1869, the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit. Golden Spike National Historic Site commemorates this incredible accomplishment of this nation’s first transcontinental railroad.
On May 10, 1869, two ordinary steam locomotives rolled into Promontory and into history. Their stories span more than 130 years of triumph, tragedy and loss and culminate in a happy ending at Golden Spike National Historic Site. The Jupiter, belonging to the Central Pacific, pulled into Promontory Point on March 20, 1869, and waited for her sister locomotive. No. 119, belonging to the Union Pacific, which arrived days late, forced the ceremony to be moved two days forward from May 8 to May 10. Both trains remain in the park for visitors to enjoy.

During the summer months, guests can see the staff put these two historic trains through their paces. These runs will include arrivals of the Jupiter and 119 at 10:00 and 10:30 AM, steam demonstrations of both locomotives at 1:00 PM, and departures of the 119 and Jupiter at 4:00 and 4:30 PM. In addition, Reenactments of the Last Spike Ceremony can be seen during the summer season. Volunteers portray the dignitaries who were there on that day in 1869. The Visitor’s Center allows guest to see where the trains are kept and how they are cared for, as well as learning the history of the Golden Spike Ceremony, the railroads and these two special trains.

There are plenty of things to do at this historic site, including guided tours, a lovely hiking trail, Promontory auto tours, and a choice of five historic and entertaining films to learn more about the park. Nearby, the Great Salt Lake offers all sorts of recreation, including a visit to the Spiral Jetty, and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Of course, the real action at Golden Spike National Historic Site begins after the sun goes down. Witnesses claim that strange lights play across the landscape and many believe them to be the phantom headlights from old steam engines and conductors lanterns. Other people have seen the ghosts of the railroad workers who died working the rails, still toiling along the tracks performing ghostly tasks. And finally, many people claim to have seen a ghost train rocketing down the tracks.

Golden Spike NHS
P.O. Box 897
Brigham City, Utah 84302
Visitor Information/Visitor Center
(435) 471-2209 ext. 29

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