Near Promontory in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Southern Paciﬁc Monument
Golden Spike National Historic Site
An Icon Restored
In 1965, the National Park Service assumed ownership of the aging monument, which had been damaged by years of weathering and vandalism. The interior had also been severely damaged by ground water that had wicked up into the monument through its buried base. Early restoration attempts unintentionally contributed to the damage by using materials that did not allow for evaporation of water trapped inside the monument. Based on state of the art technology, the National Park Service began a new repair process in 2001. Restoration and preservation steps included:
- Removing the concrete monument from the ground to prevent further moisture absorption and allowing it to dry
- Transferring the monument to its present location
- Replacing old stucco, paint, and patches with a new, breathable masonry coating
- Protecting the monument through regularly scheduled maintenance
Significance of the Monument
In 1916, the Southern Pacific Railroad (formerly the Central Pacific Railroad) placed the monument near the site where the nation's first transcontinental railroad was completed. For decades, it stood there, a lonely reminder of the driving of the last spike on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. Today, the handsomely restored monument remains an icon of
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 41° 37.038′ N, 112° 33.054′ W. Marker is near Promontory, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker can be reached from Golden Spike Road 0.1 miles south of 6400 N Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of visitor center to Golden Spike National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Corinne UT 84307, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Last Spike Driven (within shouting distance of this marker); Jubilation Coast to Coast (within shouting distance of this marker); Competition 1869 (within shouting distance of this marker); Golden Spike (within shouting distance of this marker); May 9, 1869 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); May 10, 1869 (about 300 feet away); The Locomotives of Golden Spike - No. 119 (about 300 feet away); The Locomotives of Golden Spike - Jupiter (about 300 feet away).
Also see . . . Golden Spike National Historic Site. National Park (Submitted on July 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.