Golden Spike Region

Golden Spike Region - Box Elder County
Box Elder County Tourism
(435) 734-3315


Visitors Center
Brigham City Chamber of Commerce
6th North Main
Brigham City
(435) 723-3931

The Golden Spike region of the Bear River Heritage Area consists of Box Elder County, Utah located in the eastern portion of the Great Basin. It is named for the famous events of May 10, 1869, when the first transcontinental railroad was completed with the ceremonial driving of the golden spike. That event took place at Promontory, Utah, about 32 miles west of the county seat of Brigham City, near the northern end of the Great Salt Lake. The county itself is named for the numerous Box Elder trees that grow here in this part of the Great Basin.

The first permanent white settlements were established in 1851 when Mormons moved north from the Salt Lake City area and settled in what are now Willard and Brigham City. Shoshone Indians already lived in the area, and numerous violent incidents occurred until a treaty was negotiated in 1863.

The economy is centered on agriculture (hay, grain, fruit, and livestock) and aerospace technologies, specifically ATK Launch Systems (formerly Thiokol), which was established in 1929 and has been a major contributor of missiles, parts, and other technology for national defense and space exploration.

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