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Remains of 1944 Train Wreck Rusting Away at GSL?

Remains of Dec. 31, 1944 train wreck? OK, right up front, I don’t know the answer to the question that headline poses. I need to find sources, check witnesses, documents, and so on. Do you know? Call me, please. Email summicron12000@yahoo.com. Having that out of the way, I got a call from Weber County Sheriff’s […]

Never mind guns, Railroad Ad Campaigns Won the West

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 […]

Please quit shipping dead people to Union Station

        One could be forgiven for thinking that Ogden’s Union Station was, in the past, a particularly brutal place.   I mean, what’s up with all the dead bodies in trunks? People were shipping them in.   As we saw in  a previous blog post (link) one showed up in 1913. That involved a […]

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Gus Becker’s Other Legacy: Ogden Skiing

Gus Becker’s legacy as a brewmaster is long and fabled. Less known is his legacy as a promoter of the recreational ski industry in the Ogden area. Becker was always looking out for ways to promote Ogden because it brought more people and business to Ogden. People buy beer and business gives people money to […]

Whacko Pushes Wheelbarrow Through Ogden!

One of the ways a journalist is punished for being a good feature writer is that when some loose odd person wanders into the newsroom, you are the writer to whom the editor directs said odd person. Guy dressed all in silver who wants to paint flagpoles? Check. Guy driving a fire truck with a […]

TBT- The Railroad World That Disappeared

People like to talk about eras ending, and how America just isn’t American any more, but there are a couple of very harsh truths we need to look at: ONE- eras always end. That’s why they’re called eras. It’s OK to say “that was fun” or “I sure miss it when …” but then again, […]

The Days The Circus Came to Ogden Were Amazing

Read “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury and you will yearn to experience the sort of traveling circus and carnival it described.     Oh, how exciting! A traveling show comes to town in the dark of night. Young boys sneak out to watch the roustabouts set up. Town’s activities come to a […]

Shades of trunk murders: You shipped what to Ogden?

I have related several fun episodes where someone shipped a dead body being in a trunk to Union Station — one in 1914 and the other about a decade later, but those were hardly the first. Ponder this headline from the Dec. 7,1881 Ogden “Herald,” a predecessor to the Ogden Standard, whose coverage of life […]

A Father’s Gift to his Son, A Legacy From A Craftsman

I try to stick my nose into the gun museum at Union Station even if I’m only at the station to work in the archive. It’s got a lot of neat stuff, and there’s often someone interesting to talk to. On Thursday, Oct. 12, I found William Heiter there, waiting to talk to Union Station […]

Ogden Annex Chicago? The Past Had Big Ideas

Ogden, today, aspires to be the recreational and outdoor capital of the nation, which sounds good, but once upon a time it aimed a lot higher. How high? To be equal to Chicago. Yes, that Chicago — rail and transportation hub of the nation. Heck, why not merge the two? What’s a thousand miles or […]

A tragic snapshot of a life that was part of Ogden

Newspapers don’t publish stores about suicides any more, the thinking being that it is a private affair and the family has enough trouble. When I worked at the Standard-Examiner, starting in 1978, the policy was to ignore them unless they were public. Even obituaries, which at that time were staff-written, did not mention them unless […]

Bigfoot in Utah? In 1977 everyone thought so

One of the fun things about history is it has so many little nuggets of fun hidden around — the modern term is “Easter eggs,” things hidden to stumble across. Historians should tell more folks about these, because they are one of the things that make history fun. And history SHOULD be fun — it […]

Thank you, Georgia Turner

Union Station’s current life as a community center goes back to 1978, and it wouldn’t have survived until now if not for the free labor of hundreds of volunteers who donated literally thousands of hours of time, influence and skill. These are wonderful folks, and you hate to see them get a bit older every […]

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