Gov. Gary Herbert and others holding a Spike 150 sign.

Union Pacific: $1M+ for Spike 150

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The Spike 150 celebrations, which commemorate the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, received a nice jolt from the Union Pacific Railroad.

During a news conference at the Union Pacific railyard on Salt Lake’s westside, railroad executives along with Gov. Gary Herbert described the donation from Union Pacific that will exceed $1 million. The contribution includes a direct donation as well as in-kind donations for events.

The railroad will also bring historic locomotives to the celebrations next year.

The Department of Heritage & Arts is providing support for the event, although the Spike 150 coalition is overseeing the planning. Among the ways the department is participating includes grants to artists who develop works connected to the sesquicentennial and exhibitions to display at the State Capitol, Rio Gallery, and elsewhere.

“This is going to help us have a party and celebrate like it’s 1869,” Herbert said during the news conference, which also included a toast of warm session “champagne.” The department was represented by Public Historian Brad Westwood.

You can read more about the announcement in the Tribune, Deseret News, and KUTV. Fox 13 also covered the event.