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Union Station’s kid-friendly Maintenance of Way exhibit is getting an upgrade, both to make it more kid-friendly. Holly DeHaan, Clinton, shows her nephew Owen Saunders, 2,railroad ties in Union Station. It already was a favorite of children. The Maintenance of Way exhibit is in the back of the Utah State Railroad Museum and includes a […]

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Joe Witten, UP Conductor, at work Union Station’s archive has a lot of obscure stuff because that’s what museums and libraries do: Preserve knowledge, big and small. Here at Union Station we’re a bit specialized. For example you could, by using our library’s resources, run a train, That is an enormously complex undertaking, but  if […]

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Artwork for this year’s Secret Art Show was hung Tuesday morning in Union Station’s grand lobby so come on down and take a look.   Amazing stuff, really cool, some of it really fun, and all for sale this Friday. Just to review: Doors open at 6 p.m. At 6:30 bidding starts. You pay $10 […]

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Poco Cadman and her friend Kaymenn In the 10 minutes of in-depth research I do for these things, I found this really fun blog post about the featured photographer at Union Station this month: Kathleen Paco Cadman. Check it out (click) because it says a lot more than I have time or space to. Great stuff. Briefly, […]

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The “plow” before we ripped the wood off Every collector collects junk, and a museum is no exception. Their back rooms and storage closets are full of the stuff. And sometimes, you gotta toss something. Let’s be clear: No museum gets rid of stuff willy nilly. Every object has its place in history. If we […]

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Leon Jones shows pattern pistol for early Browning pistols. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that the pistol that started World War I was not stamped “Made in Japan.” It was a Belgian made FN 1910 Browning Automatic pistol that killed Archduke Ferdinand, but not the one that Union Station […]

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The Spikers The Spikers at the Chamber Ogden/Weber needed a new publicity photo, and what more natural than to shoot it at Union Station, home of a really spiffy replica of the original Golden Spike. Also a place that used to be connected by rails to Promontory, home of the Golden Spike Historical Site where […]

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Ed Vendell shows his father’s presidentialappointment from Pres. Harry Truman Ed Vendell hit the philatelic pot of gold when Harry Truman made him Ogden’s Postmaster. What better way to get first crack at all the cool stamps, he was told, and he did. Vendell was postmaster from 1944 to 1969, a period of great change […]

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Riders line up in Grand Lobby of Union StationFor 2014 Cycling Masters Road National Championships Got to Union Station this afternoon (Tuesday) to a real mob scene; registration for the 2014 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships. This is a major deal. Organizers say more than 850 individual riders are registered for four days of […]

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You shot historical photos today, although you may not have thought so. It’s sad that so many of the shots taken today will remain on the cell phones that took them. Transferred to computers or, maybe, even paper? It rarely seems to happen any more. Which is a shame. They look ho-hum today, but discovered […]

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