Almost the entire town turned out to greet the officials and passengers. Graham's Band provided music. When the train arrived, the band was almost drowned out by the bell, the whistle, and venting steam. Dignitaries read congratulatory telegrams to the crowd and afterward enjoyed refreshments and social events.
Just over two years later, the transcontinental line was completed in Montana. The first transcontinental train arrived in Spokane Falls on September 8, 1883.