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

by Tom August. 24, 2009 3506 views

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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Ricardo 8 years, 1 month ago

wow!
these are stunning Trains!
I loved them :)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Nayah Nayah 8 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful!

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Jan Eljapa 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Feri 8 years, 1 month ago

Superb set !

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Chris Buchan Jones 8 years, 1 month ago

wow thanks for sharing so interesting

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Vterezia 8 years, 1 month ago

fantastic set .........THANKS FOR SHARING!!!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jet28 8 years, 1 month ago

Such a cool set - wonderful coverage :-)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Betty 8 years, 1 month ago

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!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Marsha 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Nancy 8 years, 1 month ago

Great set and captures!! and the history, thanks:))

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sherij 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Nadoune 8 years, 1 month ago

Excellentes photos !!!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Mryum 8 years, 1 month ago

So interesting !! Thanks

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Finbarr 8 years, 1 month ago

Awesome set Tom!! well done !!!!
lots of history in the old railroads

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Robel Narte 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ines 8 years, 1 month ago

great set Tom!!!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Kate 8 years, 1 month ago

fabulous and really interesting post...brilliant :)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Doris 8 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for your reportage!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tonya 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jennye 8 years, 1 month ago

fantastic and interesting set!!
thanks for the info.

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Walter 8 years, 1 month ago

They are so beautiful! I love trains... :-)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Leah De Guzman Huete 8 years, 1 month ago

A very interesting set! i love the colour very nice. #1 goes to my fav.
Thank you for sharing,
:) leah

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Brian 8 years, 1 month ago

Cool set. Great historical info and pics!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Helen Hooker 8 years, 1 month ago

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

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Kecskemétiné Nelli 8 years, 1 month ago

Amazing!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Christa 8 years, 1 month ago

Great and colourful set, Tom and thanks for the historical information!

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Leocheung 8 years, 1 month ago

Wow ! Beautiful !

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Pete 8 years, 1 month ago

great set
very informative

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
Pintã©R Orsi 8 years, 1 month ago

I feel I'm watching an old western movie :) really cool pics :)

8 years, 1 month ago Edited
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