As Utah revels in the afterglow of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinetal Railroad, you can relive the event by watching the rebroadcast on UEN-TV, or on our YouTube channel.
Two enormous steam engines presented a grand backdrop, the crowd cheered, and a choir entertained as the final spike was hammered onto the wood tie Friday in Promontory, Utah. The scope of the event provided reminiscences of the original Final Spike ceremony of May 10, 1869, when four ceremonial spikes were driven into a laurel wood tie to connect the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.
Instead, this was “As One,” a commemorative musical that told the stories of the workers who built the rail lines. The audience was a sea of school children, history buffs and rail enthusiasts standing at the exact location of the original event.
For those unable to attend, UEN joined forces with KSL-TV to broadcast and live-stream the event to Utah homes and classrooms. UEN will rebroadcast the program throughout the month on UEN-TV Channel 9. In addition, the Spike 150 augmented reality tool allows website visitors to learn about the people, history, and trains associated with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Utah Education Network’s Michael Hakkarinen has prepared video instructions to help teachers create interactive classroom activities, and lesson plans are available on the UEN website.
“Thank you for what you do to inspire, educate, and reflect on the Transcontinental Railroad legacy,” Gov. Gary Herbert said to Utah’s teachers. “With your support, the next generation of Utahns will see that great things are possible with vision, hard-work, dedication, innovation, and collaboration.”
UEN Reboadcast Schedule:
Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 17 at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22 at 1:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Watch the musical here on YouTube.