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Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center

1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
+1 308-532-9920
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Interesting and informative

Got to town late to find the Golden Spike Tower open late 11pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Garen818
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Branson West, Missouri
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Fascinating!

The volume of train traffic is unbelievable. Lots of history tied to this area and the rail line... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robin M
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1249 N Homestead Rd, North Platte, NE 69101-1433
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+1 308-532-9920
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got to town late to find the Golden Spike Tower open late 11pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month. It was a cold and damp evening so there weren't many visitors. Glad we stopped. Everyone there was welcoming and informative especially Rodney, a retired...More

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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I am happy to hear you were able to take advantage of our Twilight Tours and have something fun to do on a cold rainy Saturday! Rodney as well as any of our volunteers love to talk with out guest about the operation of the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The volume of train traffic is unbelievable. Lots of history tied to this area and the rail line. Its a must see if you are coming through the North Platte area.

Thank Robin M
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! There really is a lot to learn about the history of the railroad in the area as well as the currently operation of the the yard! Thank you for visiting !

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn’t want to go. My husband did,but not me. I’m glad I went! Very interesting place with a pleasant and informative tour guide. We also watched the film about the Orphan Trains, which I knew about, but it was heartbreaking. Well worth the visit,...More

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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I am glad your husband talked you into visiting, and that you enjoyed the tower so much once you got here!! Our volunteers love sharing their knowledge with our guest, it sounds like you were able to have a nice time with him. The Orphan...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've wanted to go to this place for months, ever since I found it on the web...and it did not disapoint. They have a great overview video you can watch...about 5 minutes, then you go up the elevator to the outside viewing area and look...More

Thank Lastrick
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I love hearing that you had to tear yourself from the 8th floor!! Francis loves to share his knowledge with our guest, I am certain that he enjoyed that time as much as you did. We often find that those guest who are just along...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good history and views of the train yard..staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the area as other attractions

Thank chipedithmom
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the tower, there is so much to learn! I always love hearing that our staff was friendly and able to help you learn about the other attractions, North Platte has so much to offer!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tower gives you a great view of the rail yards. A former employee of 37 years explained what happens here. If you like trains, you must visit. Thought I would spend 30 minutes or so visiting.....was there over 2 hours!

Thank crazyloon48
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

It is easy to loose track of time watching they trains go buy, they are so mesmerizing! We love hearing that our guest are able to talk with our guides and understand what is going on out in the yard! Thank you for your visit!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very interesting spot. It’s amazing how many train tracks go through there. And you can learn about the railroads going coast to coast, and coming through North Platte.

Thank jolenes741
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

It sounds like you were able to learn a lot during your visit to the tower. There are so many trains coming through it is easy to loose "track"! Thank you for your visit.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It wasn’t exactly what we expected but enjoyed watching the information videos offered and looking at the historical displays. It was cool and rainy for our visit so we didn’t stay outside very long but the view from the tower is great.More

Thank NE_Greenbee
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

It is good to hear you enjoyed your visit. There is so much to learn that it often takes longer than you would ever expect! We did have a rainy April, I am happy that you were able to enjoy your visit despite less than...More

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Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful views from up above of all the trains and the yard..... Cool opportunity to see how a place so large operates. To listen to the employees speak about how everything works, what is happening, the directions in which the trains are heading, what purpose...More

Thank XLsDADDY
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the tower. There is do much to see that it is easy to spend a hour upstairs without even knowing it! Our guides love to share their information with our guest to help...More

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

I have always lived in a town with railroad tracks and wondered about some things. So fortunately there was a wonderful volunteer who had worked for the railroad and knew the answers to my questions. Like why are there times when loud screeching noises come...More

Thank SusieLou
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GoldenSpikeTower, Manager at Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

We are so glad you had a good time chatting with one of our fantastic volunteers! They love to share their train knowledge with our guest and helping you to understand how everything works! We are also happy to hear you had time to learn...More

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915ahenderson
August 22, 2017|
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Response from GoldenSpikeTower | Property representative |
Yes, we do have an elevator to the top of the tower.
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SoccerdadMI
April 6, 2017|
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Response from GoldenSpikeTower | Property representative |
There is usually action going on all day long. There is a shift change at 3:00 pm and things typically stop and don't pick back up until about 4:00 pm. It is hard to say the very best time because it really depends on yard... More
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Schniblets76
September 1, 2016|
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Response from Thomas P | Reviewed this property |
The closest ice rink is in Kearney NE, 90 miles east of North Platte.
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