North Platte, Nebraska: Golden Spike TowerCost-cutting derailed most of its Golden Spike-iness, but visitors still have a good view of the rail yards from its observation deck.
- 1249 N. Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE
- I-80 exit 177. Drive north on US Hwy 83 into town. Turn left onto 5th St., then an immediate right onto Vine St. Drive two blocks, then turn left onto Front St. Drive two miles, turn right to stay on Front St., drive 1.5 miles to Homestead Rd and the Tower.
- Daily. (Call to verify)
Golden Spike Tower: Back in 1999, North Platte, Nebraska, dreamed up a bold plan to attract visitors. They would capitalize on their status as home of the world's largest railroad yards by erecting a giant tower shaped like a golden spike from which railroad buffs could observe the train action in the yards. [06/18/2008] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About Golden Spike Tower
We reported in 1999 that North Platte, Nebraska, proposed to build a 15-story Golden Spike Tower overlooking a railroad yard containing 10,000 freight cars near I-80. The observation tower would be railroad spike-shaped and covered with gold-enameled metal.... [12/04/2004] Complete News Story
If you plan on driving to North Platte, Nebraska to check out the proposed Golden Spike Tower, heed these words: IT AIN'T THERE! My family and I drove to the proposed location on the way to visiting the home of William Cody (Buffalo Bill)and it was nowhere to be found. We even had a local chamber of commerce brochure touting its planned arrival. We drove to the spot listed on the brochure. NO tower, no construction, no workers not even any signage indicating such a monument would soon appear on the landscape. So, there is one less entry in the Transcontinental Railway controversy.[Scott Purcell, 08/03/2001]
North Platte, NE, plans to build a 15-story Golden Spike Tower overlooking a railroad yard containing 10,000 freight cars near I-80. The tower will be railroad spike-shaped and covered with gold-enameled metal.... [05/08/1999] Complete News Story