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150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony
May 13 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM5$
150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike Ceremony on the Donald Cooper Model RR
May 1, 2019- May 26, 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019 will mark a very important date in American railroad history. It is on that date that the United States will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental rail-link at Promontory Point, Utah. With the Central Pacific Railroad laying tracks from California toward the east, and the Union Pacific Railroad laying tracks from Missouri toward the west, the joining of the line unified all of America. Coast-to-coast travel and shipping would now take 5-6 days as opposed to six months by other means of travel. This event known as the “Golden Spike Celebration” will be celebrated with events all across the nation.
Each weekend during the month of May, the Donald Cooper Model Railroad at the Mahwah Museum will join many organizations across the country recognizing this accomplishment. We have created a space on our railroad where you can see the two locomotives come together just as it happened 150 years ago. The touching of the cow-catchers of the locomotives will take place several times during our operating hours. Be a part of American history and join us to honor this very important event.
The museum hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults over 16. Children are free. The museum address is 201 Franklin Turnpike next to the Mahwah Police headquarters.