Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center
Backstory and Context
The idea of the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center was first conceived in the mid-1990s as Union Pacific's viewing platform was falling into disrepair. Community leaders thought it a good idea to erect a similar tower that would allow visitors to get a birds-eye view of Bailey Yard. The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center opened on June 26, 2008.
Guests enter through the main doors leading into a large gift store. An elevator takes guests to the 7th floor, where a door leads to an outdoor balcony overlooking Bailey Yard, the world's largest rail yard. The 8th floor features stories of the Merci Train, Dining Cars, Orphan Train, and Bailey Yard. Guides (virtual or in-person) are available to help visitors learn how this massive working railyard operates.
The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center feature a courtyard with each of the twenty-three flags of states serviced by the Union Pacific Railroad. The Memorial Brick Pavilion honors members of our community, employees of Union Pacific, and others with commemorative bricks embossed with the name of the person for which the brick was purchased. The grounds of the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center also include vintage railcars that are currently being renovated.
Bailey Yard History, Golden Spike Tower Official Website. Accessed April 16th 2021. https://goldenspiketower.com/the-tower/.