“All Aboard!” for Cedar City’s Spike 150 Celebration

 

The whistle blows, wheels start to churn and the adventure begins with a familiar and characterized “chug-a chug-a” as the train leaves the station. Traveling past the station in Lund, Utah to Cedar City is exciting because that puts you one step closer to some of the United States’ most beautiful National Parks. Hearts race and excitement peaks as dreamers envision what it will be like to stare into the red rock beauty of Bryce Canyon or immerse themselves in the diverse beauty of Zion National Park. 

The introduction of the railroad was an incredible change for Cedar City that is still worth celebration! Join us for a week long salute to Cedar City’s railroad & Hollywood movie history in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Driving of the Golden Spike.   

 

A Southern Pacific Caboose used as an interactive display at the Frontier Homestead State Park

 

DOWNTOWN MURAL UNVEILING & CELEBRATION | October 17, 4 pm | Free Admission

98 West Center Street, Cedar City 

Historic Downtown unveils its mural project commemorating the Spike 150 Celebration, Utah Parks Company, and Union Pacific Railroad. Food, entertainment and a commemorative gift will be part of the festivities.   

This project was funded by the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, AARP Liveable Communities Grant, and Iron County TRCC Fund. Special thanks to the David and Mary Ann Bentley family. 

 

 

The Adventure Continues!  | October 18 to 19 | Registration Required

For information call 435-586-5432 or email experiencesuma@suu.edu Join SUMA for a special Art Adventures where participants will tour iconic locations represented in SUMA’s current exhibitions. Visit the Golden Spike National Historic Park and Rober Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. 

*Registration is required and limited to 12 people* 
Replica of a sign that once stood on Main Street in Cedar City | Frontier Homestead State Park

 

UNION PACIFIC SCREENING | October 12, 6:30 pm | Free Admission
Cedar City Visitor Center, 581 N Main St.

Evening includes the premiere of a film short on Iron County’s Film History presented by Virginia Pearce, Director of the Utah Film Commission, and a talk by historian James D’Arc author of “When Hollywood Came to Town,” followed by a showing of the 1939 Cecil B. DeMille classic movie Union Pacific, which was filmed in Iron County.   

 

OPENING OF THE SPIKE 150 EXHIBIT | October 12, 2 pm to 4 pm | Free Admission

Southern Utah Museum of Art, 13 South 300 West, Cedar City

A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah This traveling exhibition at the Southern Utah Museum of Art shares the story of Utah’s contribution to the completion of the transcontinental railroad and examines the railway’s transformational effects on Utah. The exhibition draws upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across Utah and the Western United States, including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs. There will also be a railroad display, live music, and activities for the opening. 

 

 

GALLERY TALK AT S.U.M.A | October 15, 4:00 pm | Free Admission
Southern Utah Museum of Art, 13 South 300 West, Cedar City 

Join Ryan Paul, SUU history lecturer, for a walking tour of the newly opened exhibition at SUMA. Attendees will explore A World Transformed, learning more about the imagery and artifacts found in the exhibition.   

 

WONDER WEDNESDAY AT SUMA | October 16, 2 to 4 pm | Free Admission
Southern Utah Museum of Art, 13 South 300 West, Cedar City 

It’s another early out Wednesday, so join the Southern Utah Museum of Art for railroad themed activities for school children K-5.   

 

IRON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY | October 16, 7:00 pm | Free Admission 

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, 635 N Main St

Featuring a special guest lecture on Iron County’s rich railroad history and its impact on the national parks and early Hollywood movie making. 

A Southern Pacific Caboose used as an interactive display at the Frontier Homestead State Park

 

DOWNTOWN MURAL UNVEILING & CELEBRATION | October 17, 4 pm | Free Admission

98 West Center Street, Cedar City 

Historic Downtown unveils its mural project commemorating the Spike 150 Celebration, Utah Parks Company, and Union Pacific Railroad. Food, entertainment and a commemorative gift will be part of the festivities.   

This project was funded by the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, AARP Liveable Communities Grant, and Iron County TRCC Fund. Special thanks to the David and Mary Ann Bentley family. 

 

 

The Adventure Continues!  | October 18 to 19 | Registration Required

For information call 435-586-5432 or email experiencesuma@suu.edu Join SUMA for a special Art Adventures where participants will tour iconic locations represented in SUMA’s current exhibitions. Visit the Golden Spike National Historic Park and Rober Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. 

*Registration is required and limited to 12 people* 
The introduction of the railroad was an incredible change for Cedar City that is still worth celebration! Join us for a week long salute to Cedar City’s railroad & Hollywood movie history in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Driving of the Golden Spike. 

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