Historical Transcontinental Railroad exhibit opens at Capitol

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol welcomed a historical exhibit Wednesday. It was the grand opening of “A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah.”

This exhibit, which was created by representatives from the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University and the Utah Division of State History, commemorates the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit and its impact on the state of Utah.

The exhibit was made possible by a $55,000 grant from the Utah Division of State History and it will make its way across the state once its run at the Utah State Capitol is done. It’ll be back at Utah State University from July to September, move to the Southern Utah Museum of Art from October to December and then finish its tour at the Park City Museum in February and March of 2020.

Also on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol, in the east wing, you’ll see a companion exhibit, presented by the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association. It’s titled “Tracing the Path: Chinese Railroad Workers and the First Transcontinental Railroad.”

Utah State University tells ABC4 News that both exhibits are part of the state of Utah’s Spike 150 initiative, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike.

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