Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Golden Spike Centennial

The Utah State Railroad Museum has introduced a new exhibit. With the donation of the Golden Spike Safe from Stanford University two years ago, an idea was presented to build an exhibit about the Golden Spike Centennial of 1969, which would tie in nicely with UP 6916 (DD40AX "Centennial") and UP 1869 (Centennial display car) which are both in the museum collection, and also explain the connection between Ogden and Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit.

The exhibit was installed in the first week of April around the Fairbanks-Morse scale, which incidently was installed in 1889 with the first Union Depot and survived the 1923 fire.
The exhibit draws materials from the museum library and from the vaults. Many incredible pieces are stored in the vaults that are not seen by the visiting public, so this was a way to exhibit some of these items, including the Utah Golden Spike Centennial Rifle, seen below directly behind the safe.

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