Museums

One of the fun things about working in a museum is the stuff that just shows up.   For example, this thing recently walked through the door: A 5-inch steel ball weighing around 12 pounds.   Kein Swain, who lives in Roy, brought it in. He said he dug it up a few years ago […]

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Maya Peterson Despite an ugly rumor on Facebook to the contrary, the Plein Air painting competition in the Ogden Arts Festival is taking place almost even as we speak, here at Union Station.   As I drove in I saw several folks out painting in the morning sun in Ogden’s parks, catching that lovely morning light […]

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  Union Station’s history library is a treasure trove of a lot more than just railroad stuff.   Sure, the tiny rooms on the station’s second floor  have lot of that, even some train-related children’s books. Over the years people have donated vast collections of pictures of trains, books about trains, movies about trains and […]

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Leon Jones and the “Winchester 93” The prototype Winchester rifle Union Station’s Browning Arms Museum just acquired actually looks too good to be this valuable.   How valuable? I was asked not to be more specific — anonymous donors chipped in to buy it.   But we can say: A lot. Union Station had to […]

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Came down to Union Station to do a little quiet writing and found the place mobbed with preparations for Saturday’s Ogden Marathon.   A helicopter at a train station…why not? There’s a  helicopter parked in the fountain plaza. What else can you say? Whirlybird Helicopters is doing a deal with United Way for a fundraiser, […]

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“I want that sign,” said Union Station Foundation Director Roberta Beverly, and she meant this one, located on 17th Street in Ogden, right where the railroad tracks cross. “I’m going to call Union Pacific and see if they’ll give it to me.”   Actually, I’m not at all sure the sign is old. It doesn’t […]

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Union Station Foundation Director Roberta Beverly reports to your humble blogger that the Ogden Police are installing a surveillance camera to keep an eye on the south end of the Rail Center at Union Station.   Caboose sits outside the Rail Center south fence This is a very good thing.   The rail center is […]

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Saw a bunch of guys in orange shirts hauling a pile of scrap lumber out of the old Laundry Building south of Union Station, so I wandered over to check it out.   The men in shirts, guests of the Weber County Correctional Facility, were doing community work, helping clean out the entrance to the […]

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Ward Armstrong probably knows more about Browning pistols than anyone else on the planet. At least that’s the impression one gets. He also seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the various Brownings who made guns over the years in Ogden, no mean feat since, as he said, a lot of them were named John. […]

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By Charles Trentelman   A friend wanted to know how many lines of track Union Station served when it was dealing with the heavy passenger traffic of the 40s and 50s because she does a really fun travel blog that you can read here: (click)   “Maybe eight,” was my guess, but in Journalism, as the […]

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