A plaque commemorating an historic occasion on which a symbolic railroad spike was set in place will be celebrated at Railroad Park
, located at 748 A Street in Ashland, beginning at noon on Thursday, July 28. The celebration is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
On December 17, 1887, the opening of Central Pacific’s North-South railroad line, now known as the Siskiyou Route, was made possible with the driving of a “golden spike” by railroad founder Charles Crocker, thereby connecting Oregon and California rail lines together and completing the freight and passenger train service for the entire nation.
This railroad connectivity greatly contributed to the early development of Ashland and the economy of the region. The historic plaque ceremony on July 28 will be held at the exact location of the 1887 event.
“We’re excited to host a special half-hour ceremony honoring the “Golden Spike” dedication plaque,” stated APRC Director Michael A. Black. “This event was spearheaded by a long-time staffer, Dan Merrill, who is passionate about railroads. We invite members of the public to join us for short speeches from Parks staff, a Historic Commission member and a Parks Commissioner while enjoying snacks and listening to music generously provided by the Ashland City Band,” he concluded.
The celebration will include a ribbon-cutting performed by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact APRC at 541.488.5340 or visit AshlandParksandRec.org
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