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Golden Spike celebrates winter steam festival

Article Date: 
14 December, 2012 (All day)

Golden Spike National Historic Site’s Annual Winter Steam Festival will be held Friday December 28th through Sunday December 30th. One of the site’s two 1860’s replica steam locomotives will arrive at the Last Spike Site at approximately 10:00 am and will be on display until 4:30 pm. 
This event is an excellent opportunity for the public to visit Golden Spike National Historic Site during the holiday season, and explore the nation’s railroading heritage. The steam and smoke rising from the locomotive in the cold weather, create a visual experience that really brings the history to life. 
Other activities offered during the three day event will include the following:
Rides on the park’s historic handcar and 1950s motorcar, as well as cab tours of the locomotive will be available throughout the event. [Outdoor activities may change due to weather conditions or locomotive maintenance demands.]
If the temperatures drop, the public can warm up in the visitor center while they browse in the bookstore and exhibit areas. Young visitors can become Golden Spike Junior Rangers by participating in the Junior Ranger program. The short workbook takes approximately one hour to complete. Once finished, a ranger badge and certificate are awarded to the new Junior Ranger and a brief induction ceremony is held.
The park will also be showing a special video series:  
• America the Story of Us –Produced by the History Channel, this film series reviews the history of our nation, from the beginning of westward expansion to the Reconstruction and Industrialization periods. Captivating stories from this time period will be shared in 5 segments throughout the three day event. Rangers on duty can provide additional information regarding content that may be disturbing to children (e.g., Civil War battle scenes). The film series will begin at 9:30 am and run until 4:00 pm each day.  
• Other videos are available on request, including the Golden Spike, This is America Charlie Brown (featuring the Peanuts gang), and a variety of other history-related films.
Golden Spike National Historic Site is a national park fee area. For additional information check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/gosp or contact park staff at 435-471-2209 x29.