Golden Spike Historic Site 12

The Golden Spike Historic Site is the site where the last spike was driven on the transcontinental railroad in 1869. The site is changing its designation from a historic site to historic park and will be unveiled as part of the sesquicentennial celebration this May.

During ceremonies on Friday morning honoring the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad and driving of the Golden Spike, leaders from Utah and Washington, D.C. gathered in Box Elder County to officially honor the site's new designation.

In March, President Donald Trump signed legislation making the site the Golden Spike National Historical Park.

At Friday's unveiling were Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, former Sen. Orrin Hatch, Box Elder County officials and local ranchers.

In describing the importance of the historic park, Bishop likened the competition of the transcontinental railroad to "that century's moon landing."

This importance is what drove Utah and other federal government leaders to expand the site to a historical park, joining the ranks of other places like Abraham Lincoln's birth site. 

Officials hope the change will drive more tourism and economic benefits to Box Elder County, while simultaneously honoring the lives of those who constructed the railroad.

"Move over Mighty 5, we are now the Super 6," Bishop said.

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