the Spike at 150: Myths and Realities

Photo of Union Pacific Officers May 10, 1869

March 23, 2019 - June 15, 2019

We have a special exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah. The exhibition is at the Brigham City Museum of Art & History from March 23 through June15.

The Spike at 150: Myths and Realities explores the history of the building of the railroad, the legends around it, and how history is done.  Is there really a mass grave of Chinese workers in the Brigham City Cemetery? Did competing workers blow each other up as they approached Promontory? What was Utah’s role in the work? The exhibition explores a bevy of legends through photographs, archival materials, and original artifacts.

Special programs related to the exhibition will occur throughout the run of the exclusive exhibitions. On Saturday, April 20, at 3pm, artist Zhi Lin will be at the museum to speak about his art. On Saturday, May 4th, at 3pm, Old Glory Vintage Dancers will present a historical dance demonstration and will provide instruction. On Monday, June 3rd, the museum will be open late for a night at the museum, with special hours from 6 to 8pm, and there will be a historical fashion show, showcasing the fashions of the 18th century to 20th century, starting at 6:30pm.

This exhibition and related programming are supported by Spike150 and Box Elder County Tourism Tax Advisory Board. 






Image of Golden Spike sticker
In 2019, as is in 1969, Brigham City, Utah, is your Golden Spike celebration headquarters.