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Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
+1 308-532-9920
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Need to stop here!

This was a very interesting spot. It’s amazing how many train tracks go through there. And you... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jolenes741
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Good history stop

It wasn’t exactly what we expected but enjoyed watching the information videos offered and looking... read more

Reviewed yesterday
NE_Greenbee
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“rail yard” (59 reviews)
“bailey yard” (71 reviews)
“gift shop” (41 reviews)
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Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
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+1 308-532-9920
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"rail yard"
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"bailey yard"
in 71 reviews
"gift shop"
in 41 reviews
"golden spike tower"
in 55 reviews
"union pacific"
in 32 reviews
"great view"
in 29 reviews
"open air"
in 17 reviews
"love trains"
in 19 reviews
"answer questions"
in 18 reviews
"observation deck"
in 18 reviews
"viewing area"
in 9 reviews
"top floor"
in 12 reviews
"train lovers"
in 14 reviews
"short video"
in 5 reviews
"informative video"
in 4 reviews
"bring binoculars"
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"railroad history"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a very interesting spot. It’s amazing how many train tracks go through there. And you can learn about the railroads going coast to coast, and coming through North Platte.

Thank jolenes741
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It wasn’t exactly what we expected but enjoyed watching the information videos offered and looking at the historical displays. It was cool and rainy for our visit so we didn’t stay outside very long but the view from the tower is great.

Thank NE_Greenbee
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful views from up above of all the trains and the yard..... Cool opportunity to see how a place so large operates. To listen to the employees speak about how everything works, what is happening, the directions in which the trains are heading, what purpose...More

Thank XLsDADDY
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have always lived in a town with railroad tracks and wondered about some things. So fortunately there was a wonderful volunteer who had worked for the railroad and knew the answers to my questions. Like why are there times when loud screeching noises come...More

Thank SusieLou
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad you had a good time chatting with one of our fantastic volunteers! They love to share their train knowledge with our guest and helping you to understand how everything works! We are also happy to hear you had time to learn...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a tiny, cute non-profit museum. They have really cute tickets and free coffee. It's a pretty cool view up at the top. There is some informational stuff on the walls. The design on the graphics, however, could use some updating to be easier to...More

Thank Minnie-sodas
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit. I am glad you enjoyed yourself, thank you for your suggestions as to how we can improve our displays. As we are constantly working to make our displays as informative and readable. Our volunteers do love to share information with...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

While it isn't a place that you can spend a lot of time at, it is very interesting and great for the kids. The gift shop areas and interactive activities for the kids is great. The 7th & 8th floor observation decks are very neat...More

Thank rcooper1122
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

We love to see kids playing with the trains in our gift shop, we are happy to hear you had a good time! Our guides love answering our guest questions, and helping you learn something new. Thank you for your visit.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Very interesting. Possible to spend lots of time watching videos, reading history information on display, watching all of the trains movements from different viewing points and there is a retired employee that is there to personally answer questions very interesting and very informative and educational....More

Thank Teresa M
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Our volunteers love spending time talking to our guest and sharing their stories. It is easy to lose track of time watching trains go by and learning new things. Thank you for your visit.

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

this place is a must see, really enjoyed it learned alot about everything. would love to visit it again

Thank blueman66
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Tower. There is so much to learn that you can easily spend hours on the 8th floor memorized by trains. Thank you for your visit, we hope to see you again someday!

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We were staying in North Platte for a few nights on our Solar Eclipse road trip and this was one of our planned destinations. The view from the top of the tower was fascinating and it was really interesting hearing about how the rail yard...More

Thank Richard G
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time at the Tower there is so much to learn about how the yard operates. Our volunteers love sharing their knowledge with our guest and helping them to understand the Yard. We are excited you chose...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

You must go here. Three days later, we're still carrying the emotions and awe of the visit. Here are the highlights of the three areas of depot history that you SHOULD NOT miss: Bailey yard: This place is incredible. What a masterpiece of design and...More

Thank jazzie F
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

We are so glad to hear that you were truly able to immerse yourselves in the experience and learn about the rich history of the rail road in North Platte as well as marvel at all that Bailey Yard is today. Each story offers a...More

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915ahenderson
23 August 2017|
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Response from GoldenSpikeTower | Property representative |
Yes, we do have an elevator to the top of the tower.
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SoccerdadMI
7 April 2017|
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Response from GoldenSpikeTower | Property representative |
There is usually action going on all day long. There is a shift change at 3:00 pm and things typically stop and don't pick back up until about 4:00 pm. It is hard to say the very best time because it really depends on yard... More
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Schniblets76
1 September 2016|
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Response from Thomas P | Reviewed this property |
The closest ice rink is in Kearney NE, 90 miles east of North Platte.
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