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Driving Utah’s Economy One Spike at a Time

Few states have as rich a railroad history as Utah. As the connection point for the nation’s first transcontinental railroad, Utah helped usher in a dramatic transformation of the West. The railroad quickly moved the abundant resources of the West to eastern markets, spurring the development of the western economy. Today, Utah’s railroads move things like copper, gold, silver, zinc, lead and beryllium, a rare alkaline earth metal used in X-rays. Just as they drove the Golden Spike in 1869, Utah and its railroads continue to drive the nation’s economy.