Union Pacific donates $1 million to Utah for 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike

Union Pacific Railroad announced a $1-million-plus donation to Utah in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad Thurday. (Photo: Mike Stephen/KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Union Pacific Railroad announced a $1-million-plus donation to Utah in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad Thurday.

Governor Gary Herbert joined head officials with Union Pacific and the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts to commemorate the joining of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads with a golden spike in Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869. The $1 million donation will go to Spike 150 - the non-profit initiative created to commemorate the event.

Utah and Union Pacific have a long history together since the golden spike made its place. Union Pacific made significant investments in Utah transportation infrastructure, allowing Utah's communities, residents and economy to thrive. Union Pacific's contributions to match state funds honors the railroad's commitment to the Beehive State.

The Spike 150 celebration includes a year-long series of events to educate, inspire and unite all Utahns by paying tribute to the achievement that connected Americans nationwide. There will be activities for train enthusiasts, history buffs, art lovers, music and concert fans, culture and diversity supporters, and innovators and futurists.

The Spike 150 event will begin on May 10, 2019.

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