The Year of the Golden Spike


Those affiliated with Foxley & Pignanelli are aware that 2019 is the year of the Golden Spike. Our founding partner, Douglas Foxley, was selected by Governor Gary Herbert to serve as the Chairman for the committee to plan the commemorative ceremony of the Golden Spike 150th anniversary to be held on May 10, 2019.

To say this has escalated to something more than a passion project for Doug would be an understatement as the anniversary represents many of Doug’s interests. He is a Utah history enthusiast and has proudly represented Union Pacific Railroad for over 20 years. He is leaving no detail overlooked. Doug is working with local and national businesses and government officials to ensure the celebration is consummate with the grandeur of the impact the Transcontinental Railroad has has on our country. It is his mission to share this important historical event with everyone, to inspire youth to imagine the next big thing, and preserve this historical site for generations to come. Some of his plans include: partnering with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Art Works for Kids program to implement a statewide history course for 8th graders to learn about the transcontinental railroad; he is designing a commemorative Winchester rifle to replicate the model manufactured for the 100th anniversary; and working to have the Golden Spike National Historic Site recognized as a national historic park. 

Last week Doug testified before Congress to ask them to support Congressman Bishop’s HR 5751 which recognizes the upcoming celebration and re-designates the site as a national park. We at Foxley & Pignanelli are proud of Doug’s hard work and look forward to the entire state catching the Spike 150 fever with us.

To watch Doug's presentation to congress,