Saturday, July 27, 2013

Golden Spike Tower, North Platte, NE

North Platte, Nebraska is home to the world largest rail yard and the Golden Spike Tower.  It belongs to Union Pacific and it's not technically where THE Golden Spike was driven into the ground.  They built an observation tower open to the public.  You can view the yard from an enclosed deck or an open-air deck.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-16, seniors are $6, and under 6 is free.  Hours are 9am-7pm in the summer and 10am-5pm in the winter.

The bottom floor has some displays, but just a couple rooms' worth.  It's not a museum or anything.

The air-conditioned top gives a panoramic view of the Bailey Yard.  There are pay-per-view tourist scopes, but I suggest bringing your own binoculars if you have them for more freedom.

If your kids love trains, it will be a real treat.  I'm surprised you can't see this place from space, it's so big.

For the kiddos they have interactive touch screens where they can color a picture.  Can't print it out or anything, though.

Next to the parking lot is also a train car, but you can't climb on it very much.

North Platte is large enough for a couple hotels and restaurants beyond fast food.
Nearby attraction is Buffalo Bill Cody State Park, which also has camping.

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