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TOURIST NUMBERS ARE UP AT GOLDEN SPIKE SITE

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Lack of snow so far this season has meant few crowds on Utah ski slopes but apparently has helped drive up the numbers of visitors to the state's Golden Spike National Historic Site, superintendent William Herr says.

November visitation figures of 21,427 were up about 45 percent from the same month last year, Herr said.Unseasonably mild weather is believed to be the major factor in the site's popularity during a traditionally slow month, he said.

So far this year, 222,510 people have visited the site of the linking of the nation's first transcontinental railway, the superintendent said, compared with 208,408 visitors for the first 11 months of 1988.