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Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

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Address: 1249 North Homestead Road, North Platte, NE 69101
Phone Number:
+1 308-532-9920
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10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Stopped to view train yard and get info for geocache

Stopped to get info for multi cache and view the train yard. Very friendly people, more then happy to answer any questions you may have .

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Bruce-and G
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Nebraska
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Nebraska
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped to get info for multi cache and view the train yard. Very friendly people, more then happy to answer any questions you may have .

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Clackamas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Train nuts like me will spend a lot of time here. A lot of history and interesting facts. The views of Bailey Yard are great!

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Wesley Chapel, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here on business staying over the wekend. Found it to be interesting. Staff was very nice and knowlegable.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The Golden Spike Tower overlooks Union Pacific's bailey yard and contains a small gift shop, displays and photos depicting the history. After watching the video and having a complimentary coffee you can head up the lift to the two observation levels one indoor and the other outdoor. More displays and another video are on the indoor level. It is interesting... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We are on the RV road again looking for interesting places near our RV Park and our TA app has directed us to the Golden Spike. The staff was very friendly and helped us with every question. The free coffee was not past up and was really good during the video history of the railroad. Our self guided tour gave... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Recently stopped by the Golden Spike to check it out. This is a fun stop for little kids all the way to the train buffs. The top of the spike is a great vantage point to look out over the yard and really witness everything going on. I'm sure I could've sat there for hours and just watched everything taking... More 

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New Ulm, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I am not a train guy. Still, when passing through I thought this would be a worthwhile and educational stop.The Bailey Yard is an impressive operation. The tour consists of a video overview and then you work your way up the tower. There are knowledgeable guides on each level that help you understand what you are seeing. This place would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Visited in summer of 2014 at the tail end of a three-day rail photography sojourn through western Nebraska. This place not only lived up to all the hype, but massively exceeded it! Parking is wonderful for those with RVs, The staff is very gracious and knowledgeable, including the retired UPRR employees who love to sit with and go through all... More 

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Alsip, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

If you are a railroad nut or just want to have fun with the kids you have to go and see this. Biggest railroad switching station this side of the Mississippi and there was over 100 locomotives on hand also, just great.

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Avalon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Even if you are not a train buff, this is a fascinating place. Just to see the size of the rail yard is overwhelming along with the sounds of the trains. I was lucky enough to be there when a retired railroad man was on the observation deck providing insight and answering questions. Good video, also.

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