Monthly Archive: April 2014

Up we go! Architect Mike Sanders wanted pictures of the design details of Union Station, so Ogden kindly loaned him a cherry picker and up we went. Mike is giving a talk May 10 on the construction and design of Ogden’s Union Station, a construction miracle that jumped out of the ground, finished, only 20 […]

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As we celebrate Union Station’s 90th birthday this year, we’re taking special note of one of the station’s grandest moments and fondest memories: The Red Cross Canteen during World War II. Union Station was the funnel through which Weber County’s economy flowed, but during WWII the station took on another significant role. As the main […]

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  Union Pacific’s 4014 Big Boy steam locomotive is heading home for restoration.  The Union Station Foundation is very honored that they will make an “out of the way” stop to visit her old stomping grounds in Ogden. On May 4th we will all be out back to greet her and her team at about […]

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Everyone knows the driving of the Golden Spike in 1869 transformed the American West, but a lot of folks don’t realize how hard railroads had to work to keep that transformation going.   Then, as now, railroads needed to make money. Passenger trains were labor-intensive and expensive, so it was in railroads’ interest to encourage […]

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Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell at C-Span press conference OK, maybe not astound, but that seems to be how you are supposed to write internet headlines these days.   But, seriously, C-Span is visiting Ogden to do a series of stories to be shown via Comcast May 3 and 4. It’s part of their C-Span Cities […]

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Union Station’s business manager Tracy Ehrig said a chunk of one of the original beams holding up Union Station’s roof is still down in the basement. Would I like to see that? Lead on. Union Station’s current building was built 90 years ago. The massive beams holding up the roof were hoisted into place by […]

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I really love this picture. It’s so festive.   So fun. And so real.   No kidding, it really happened. The image may be a bit romanticized, but not much. Real pictures of the event are similar.   Ogden’s Union Station burned down in February of 1923. After some initial reluctance, the railroads that used […]

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