Transcontinental Railroad Drive

Cedar Springs, Utah 84336

Transcontinental Railroad Drive

Transcontinental Railroad Drive Professional Review and Guide

"The meeting at Promontory Summit of the eastbound Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) and the westbound Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) on May 10, 1869, may have been the most important event in America’s westward expansion. It linked East and West, opened up access to vast regions, provided easy access to new markets and cut coast-to-coast travel time from months to days, but it also hastened the end of Native American culture as it had existed for centuries.

A visit to GSNHS is the perfect way to begin this byway, which is the last segment of the old railroad grade that remains surrounded by scenery largely unchanged since the railways’s construction. An alternative to driving the entire byway is GSNHS’s 9-mile “Promontory Trail” auto tour, which follows a portion of the “Old Line.” Note: Removing artifacts is illegal."

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Trail Information

Cedar Springs
Nearby City
90
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Easy
Difficulty
8 hours
Duration
Best spring and fall
Season
BLM, Salt Lake Field Office; Golden Spike National Historic Site
Local Contacts
DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018