My first trip to the wild west! I've never been out west, other than to Burbank or San Francisco, so we took advantage of a free day to see the sights in Utah. My first choice was the Golden Spike National Historic Site, part history, part beautiful scenery. This is the famous spot in Promontory, Utah where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad companies met up with their work crews. You've seen the famous photograph and painting below, or seen this re-enacted in movies. The famous Golden Spike was driven into the railroad tie here, or actually TWO golden spikes, one silver spike, and one iron spike covered in gold and silver. None of these valuable spikes are still here, but one of the Golden Spikes is on display now at Stanford University in California.
This is the famous spot. There are still four holes drilled into this wooden railroad tie because in the summer months the ceremony is re-enacted on weekends. You can ride one of the reproduction steam rail cars, and watch the golden spikes being hammered into place.
"Oh, Give me a home where the buffalo roam,
and the deer and the antelope play!"
The National Park Ranger at Promontory's Golden Spike Park suggested we stop at Antelope Island State Park on our way home to Salt Lake City. What a terrific suggestion! We saw buffalo, deer, antelopes, and beautiful views of Salt Lake and the mountains.
Isn't this beautiful? The mountains reflected in the Great Salt Lake...
You don't see this in New Hampshire....
Back in Salt Lake City, just in time for sunset from "The Roof" restaurant on the tenth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Temple Square. We not only saw the sunset, but we saw the lights of the city after dark, and the temple illuminated. It was a very wonderful day in Utah.
Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo