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By Hannah Romero

Telling history through art

Golden spike monument travels through Sweetwater County


October 26, 2023

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Douwe Blumberg holds up a railroad spike while speaking in front of the giant spike monument he created.

A 43-foot-long golden spike has been making its way across the country for the past two weeks, traveling from the artist's studio in Kentucky to the monument's final home in Utah. The giant spike's last stop before reaching Utah was in Sweetwater County, where it parked outside the Community Fine Arts Center in Downtown Rock Springs for several hours. The CFAC hosted the traveling spike as a special part of their current "Westward Expansion" exhibit, which can be viewed through October 31.

When the spike came on Monday morning, residents and school groups showed up to see the spike, meet th...

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