House approves plan to make Golden Spike a historic park

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. House has approved a plan to turn northern Utah’s Golden Spike National Historic Site into a park that will boost its prominence.

The proposal from Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop would make the site at Promontory Summit where the first transcontinental railroad in country was completed in 1869 a national historic park.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a historic park is different from a national park and is a designation used for sites such as Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace in Kentucky and Appomattox Court House in Virginia .

Next year is the 150th anniversary of the driving of a golden railroad spike connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific rail lines.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is sponsoring a similar bill awaiting votes in the Senate.

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