A couple of weeks ago, my family and I stopped at Promontory Point in Utah at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. This site is located north of Salt Lake City, although it is not easily accessible from the main interstate and takes a bit of driving to get there. However, we discovered that is worth the effort to stop and see what there is to do. While visiting, we were able to see a special ranger program that brought together the two restored engines from the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific at the place they met back in 1869 and drove the golden spike in.
The transcontinental railroad changed the country and the American West in particular. It fostered an unprecedented amount of growth as towns sprang up all along the tracks and the amount of goods and people flowing back and forth increased dramatically. The railroad connected the East and the West like never before and spurred a new found sense of unity. If traveling in the area, be sure to stop and see this historic spot!