Curving Iron 333 Ten Mile Canyon, Courtesy of the Department of Special Collections Stanford Libraries

A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

May 10, 2019 marked the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. Utah State University Libraries and the Utah State Division of History have partnered to create an exhibition series entitled, A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah. This series serves as a broad overview of the creation, completion and aftermath of the rail. Making clear the Utahan contributions of investment, surveying, and labor. The railroad brought significant cultural, economic, and environmental changes. Utah became more connected both economically and culturally with the rest of the nation. In the large version of the exhibit personal stories of Irish and Chinese laborers will be highlighted by artifacts from the USU Museum of Anthropology and Golden Spike National Historic Park. All exhibit formats draw upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across not only Utah but the entire United States including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs.


2022-2023 Traveling schedule

Hub City Gallery, Mount Pleasant, Jun 30 - Aug 16, 2022
Echo Historic Church Museum, Echo, May 30 - Sep 5, 2023

2021-2022 Traveling Schedule

Museum of Moab, May 24 - Aug 16
Davis County Convention Center, Layton, Sep 9 - Oct 22
Hub City Gallery, Mount Pleasant, June 30 - July 30

2020-2021 Traveling Schedule

St George Art Museum, St George, July 27 - Oct 19
Grantsville Junior High, Grantsville, Oct 22 - Nov 19
Uintah County Heritage Museum, Vernal, Feb 2 - Mar 2, 2021

2019-2020 Traveling Schedule

Canyon Community Center, Springdale, Sep 3 – Oct 7, 2019
Sterling Elementary, Tooele, Oct 10 – Nov 7, 2019
Gerald R Sherratt Library, SUU, Cedar City, Jan 7 - Mar 3, 2020
Trailside Elementary, Park City, May 1 - 29, 2020