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  Barnyard Fun!! kicks off with
   The 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike

Saturday, May 18, 2019
  10 a.m.-12 p.m.
     Oldham County History Center


It all began amidst the Civil War with the signing of the Pacific Railway Act of 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. The Central Pacific Railroad of California was authorized to build a line east from Sacramento. At the same time, the Act chartered the Union Pacific Railroad Company to have its railroad track crew build west from the Missouri River. The original legislation granted each railroad 6,400 acres and up to $48,000 in government bonds for each mile completed. The Great Race was on with both lines scheduled to meet at Promontory Summit in Utah. Seven years later the momentous meeting between the two railroad giants took place on May 10, 1869 when a golden spike was driven to mark the occasion.


The first Barnyard Fun!! program of the season will kick off on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Oldham County History Center and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike. Participants will be able to drive spikes, use the History Center’s antique printing press to print a commemorative card to take home and dress as an engineer for a photo op.


All Barnyard Fun programs will be offered at the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn on the campus of the Oldham County History Center once a moth, May - October. These free family oriented programs will be scheduled once a month throughout the summer at the barn. Participants may arrive any time between 10 a.m. – Noon, as the program is ongoing. All materials are provided and the program will be led by Nancy and Ken Dahlgren. The barn is located at the rear of the History Center campus, 106 N. Second Ave. The Barnyard Fun!! programs will be held in conjunction with the La Grange Farmers’ Market & Artisan, which is held on Saturday mornings on the La Grange Courthouse Square from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The Dahlgren Pioneer Barn contains a stone fireplace for hearth cooking, a bread oven and space for special demonstrations that will be held there throughout the year. The hearth and chimney were hand built by local stonemason Jody Edgerton.


For more information contact the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826 or info@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

Oldham County Historical Society

106 North Second Ave.

La Grange, KY  40031

(502) 222-0826


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