I love to photograph historic re-enactments and commemorative events. There is just something so fulfilling about bringing the past and present together! I watch with awe and almost reverence as time stands still for a split second, not knowing what century we are in. This weekend I was especially happy to attend the Spike 150 Celebration events at Promontory Summit and in downtown Ogden. Enjoy the photos!!
Unfolding the flag at Promontory Summit to commemorate the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869.
Driving the last spike at the re-enactment of one of the most iconic and life-altering events in America’s history – the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Recreations of the famous photo using old-time photography and today’s. 🙂
Celebration of the the 150-year anniversary of the Golden Spike in Ogden, Utah, at the downtown Heritage Festival on May 10, 2019.
Ogden was buzzing with railroad-related things to do, including a tour inside one of the passenger cars that highlighted a history of the railroading industry.
The photo below is one of my favorites of the weekend, taken from the 24th Street Viaduct. It’s almost 8 a.m., Sunday, May 12, and the train is ready to pull out of the station with passengers (who paid $3,000 for the one-way ticket to Evanston). I joined a dad and his two young boys and a police officer on the bridge to watch the train pull away. Something about seeing this station filled with conductors and well-wishers just felt so nostalgic. You could hear the train and see the steam for quite awhile after it left the station, and I stayed for awhile just listening to the morning sounds and enjoying the beautiful morning!!
And now it’s back to quiet, museum-almost-mausoleum status, with everyone gone and on their way to church.