Exciting news! We are hosting a traveling exhibition of Hidden Histories of the Transcontinental Railroad beginning Monday, January 10 through Friday, February 18. This is a national traveling exhibition developed by the Union Pacific Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
About the Exhibit
Hidden Histories of the Transcontinental Railroad provides an opportunity for patrons to explore unknown people and the story of our nation’s transportation revolution. American history frequently focuses on themes like westward expansion and the construction of the transcontinental railroad, but this exhibit focuses on the often untold stories of the builders of both the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines showing the race to Promontory, Utah where the railroad was officially completed. The transcontinental railroad line is still in operation by the Union Pacific today and runs from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Sacramento, California.
The exhibit is housed on the 3rd floor open area to allow for social distancing and optimal maneuverability. It features multiple sections, each composed of interlocking, freestanding, aluminum-framed panels.
A special display cart of books and resources featured in the exhibit is available near the viewing area. (View the list of items)
- Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum: A free website offering virtual exhibits including stereographs, construction photographs, railroad maps, historic papers, stamps, cabinet cards and much more.
- Abandoned Rails Presents The First Transcontinental Railroad: This unique website features thousands of miles of abandoned railroad routes in North America, illustrated with maps, pictures and history.
- Golden Spike National Historic Park website hosted by the National Park Service