NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A train horn is an alarm clock for Bailey Yard and the Golden Spike Tower, named for being the middle of the Union Pacific Railroad. A private, nonprofit observation deck, it overlooks the world's largest rail yard.
Hosting 33,000 to 35,000 people annually, this tower is a travel destination for people all over the world, and USA Today confirms it. The online magazine published an article last week naming the tower one of Nebraska's "Top Greatest Natural, Cultural and Engineering Marvels." This came from a woman who attended a media tour of Golden Spike this past spring.
Collaborating with Visit Nebraska and Visit North Platte, Golden Spike is a stop for bloggers,videographers and travel writers to get a taste of what North Platte and Bailey Yard have to offer. Executive Director Kirsten Parker said she feels lucky they were considered one of the places those writers enjoyed.
"Your hope is that you impress them enough with your community, with your attraction and with your customer service that they go home and they write about you," Parker said.
Golden Spike has been featured in over 100 articles in national magazines and publications in the last few years. Parker said she enjoys seeing different state license plates in the parking lot and meeting people from all over the world, including Mexico, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
"The word of mouth, the authentic first-hand experience from those writers really makes a difference," Parker said.