Old Time ChooChoo's...........

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Promontory, Utah
Promontory Summit in northern Utah has experienced a rich, colorful history, yet it remains a paradox. The area has seen boom and bust. It has been famous world-over, yet remains anonymous in many ways. The “Last Spike Site” is an honored and celebrated place, but it has also been quite infamous. The completion of the country's first transcontinental railroad, and the “Wedding of the Rails Ceremony” commemorating this historic event, are taught to virtually every American child in basic U.S. history classes. But few people know where these events really happened. Many historians point to the “Last Spike Site” as the single most historically important site in our country, west of Independence Hall. Yet this significant site laid virtually abondoned and ignored for almost a century.

It took 96 year after the completion of the transcontinental railroad for the site to gain its rightful place in history. The transcontinental line was completed May 10, 1869, but it wasn't until July 30. 1965 that the U.S. government showed a tangible interest in protecting and preserving this important piece of our history and heritage. It was July 30, 1965 that Golden Spike National Historic Site was established under the protection of the National Park Service. This recognition of the site's importance came only after 38 long years of struggle by Bernice Gibbs Anderson, who ceaselessly campaigned for the site to take its rightful place in history, be given the protection it deserves, and to have its story told.

By 1969, the country was no longer oblivious to the importance of the railroad's completion. May 10, 1969 marked the Centennial of the “Wedding of the Rails”. An astounding 28,000 people turned out, on that one day, to commemorate the line's completion. They did so in the shadow of a handsome new rock-walled visitor center, built to house displays to teach present and future generations about the transcontinental railroad and its impact on our young country.

Ten years later, for the 110th Anniversary, two bright, shiny, beautiful fully functional replicas of the “Jupiter” and “119” locomotives arrived at Golden Spike. These locomotives continue to draw crowds from around the world, capturing their imagination and sparking their interest about days gone by.

Replica of the Original Jupiter

119 comming down the tracks……

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Replica of the Original 119

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Face to Face

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119 boiler

Front of 119

Front of Jupiter

The Jupiter

The Jupiter

Locomotive 119

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The Jupiter and the the 119 Face to Face, just like in History

History

Workers Nitro Wagon

Delivery Wagon

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    • # Jan

      Wow, great pics Tom, indeed like an old western. Trains look fantastic, like new!

      2009.08.26 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Betty

      Wow...awesome set..You have some amazing shots and your reportage is wonderful! Difficult to say I have a favorite shot, but I do love the 2nd one. Thank you so much for sharing!

      2009.08.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Oh....I love old trains...wonderful shots!! Lots of great angles and detail - and thanks for the history, too!

      2009.08.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sherij

      WOW so much to read glad I had my milk and cookies handy for the reading!! great snaps! Very colorful in #1... :)

      2009.08.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Robel Narte

      Tom , how lucky you are ! that is a very nice set...wow! Very interesting post and informative side notes.. Man! i wish i can come there and see that too myself... thank you so much for sharing this tom...
      Best regards ,
      rob

      2009.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Tonya

      Great set, I like the pictures of the front of the trains! Very cool!

      2009.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Helen

      Great set. Great to hear people are taking such an interest in their history.

      2009.08.24 Edited Reply Cancel

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