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North Platte, Nebraska: Golden Spike Tower

Cost-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 9-7 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $7.00
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North Platte, Nebraska - Golden Spike Tower Opens
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...

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Golden Spike Tower.

Golden Spike Tower

Worth a trip for railroad buffs. Bring binoculars as it is quite far from the trains. Be sure to watch the short orientation film for the history of the yard. Volunteer retired railroad workers were on the top observation deck and were very informative. Plan on 30-45 minutes to see it all.

[Brent Thompson, 09/19/2017]

View from Golden Spike Tower.

Golden Spike Tower

Visited the Golden Spike Tower in June 2016. Great if you are a train geek.

[Randy, 09/25/2016]
Golden Spike Tower

I visited the Golden Spike Tower on a Tuesday and the place was mine. There is a $7.00 fee to go up into the tower, but it's worth it for train buffs.

[Phil, 04/19/2015]

The tower would probably be busier if it looked like a Golden Spike, but it doesn't. It's a popular destination for railroad fans, who get to watch trains from its elevated platform.

Golden Spike Tax Drives Tower Plan Closer to Reality

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

Nearby Offbeat Places

Fort Cody Trading PostFort Cody Trading Post, North Platte, NE - 4 mi.
Muffler Man - IndianMuffler Man - Indian, North Platte, NE - 4 mi.
20th Century Veterans Memorial20th Century Veterans Memorial, North Platte, NE - 4 mi.
In the region:
UFO Water Tower, Ogallala, NE - 46 mi.

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