Safe that held spike at museum

Mar 3 2011 - 7:36pm

OGDEN -- The original golden spike, used in a ceremony celebrating the completion of the transcontinental railroad, is kept at Stanford University in California. Now, Utah, where the ceremony took place in 1869, is getting the safe that held the famous object.

The safe was given to Stanford University by Wells Fargo around 1954, and used to display the gold spike until the school's museum was damaged and closed as a result of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The building reopened in 1999, with a more modern display case for the spike.

The safe is now on permanent loan to the Utah State Railroad Museum in Ogden's Union Station. For at least the next year, it will hold the centennial golden spike, which was created in 1969.

The safe will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the museum at 2501 Wall Ave. Admission is free.

For more information, call 801-393-9886.

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