Building America

The entire first floor of The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is dedicated to the state-of-the-art "Building America" exhibit.

This exhibit takes the story of constructing the Transcontinental Railroad to an entirely new level. With an immersive design and cutting-edge technology, visitors will be transported to the 1860s as they learn about frontier life, the monumental work needed for constructing the railroad and the communities that were created along its route.

Key components of the "Building America" exhibit include:

  • The Arizona Spike – one of three ceremonial spikes used on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah.
  • Union Pacific’s firearm collection: 55 spectacular pieces
  • A large wall full of railroad lanterns and signals that highlight the evolution of communication on the railroad from the 19th century up until 1980.
  • Photographs of the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, pulled from Union Pacific’s collection of more than 600 stereographs, including photos taken by Andrew J. Russell, Alfred Hart, Charles Savage and William Henry Jackson.
  • A unique X-Box Kinect gaming experience that lets visitors build the railroad as a Union Pacific employee in 1866. This game was designed exclusively for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

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