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Clarke Historical Museum celebrates 100th anniversary of railroad

EUREKA- October 23 marked the 100th anniversary of the railroad on the North Coast but the celebration is just beginning.

As part of the festivities, Eureka’s Clarke Historical Museum opened a special exhibit Thursday about the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. On Friday only, the original golden spike that marked the completion of the railroad 100 years ago was on display at the museum. The celebration continues Saturday in downtown Eureka with a street fair, train displays and speeder car rides through old town from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The line from San Francisco up to Eureka, it really was moving mountains to get it up here,” said Clarke Museum Curator Ben Brown. “Traveling along the Eel River Canyon was no easy task and it required ongoing maintenance. Trains have had a major impact on the culture of American society and that is absolutely true with Humboldt County."