Completed in 1923, with President Warren G. Harding striking the gold spike in Nenana, the Alaska Railroad has become a central force in the state’s history.
Today, after a century of service, it remains a key institution, providing critical transportation in a state that’s only 20% paved. Unforgettable sightseeing opportunities and the capacity to move millions of tons of freight further exemplify its significance.
A centennial celebration will take place in Nenana on Saturday, July 15, the same day as the event 100 years ago. Invited guests and dignitaries will commemorate this milestone by recreating the iconic gold spike moment.