Museums

Hello Ogden! My name is Annie Roe, and I’m going to start writing articles on the Union Station blog. Why? For practice, experience, and fun. Here’s a little background about me. I’m 13 and I have lived in Ogden my whole life. I love writing and I want to be an author. I’m fairly new […]

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Found a fun news clip about Irene Woodhouse today. Or, more accurately, by Irene. Irene was a historian in Ogden who, for many years, wrote a regular column in the Standard-Examiner called “Ogden Anecdotes.” They were stories about the past, as seen from the 60s and 70. We do stories about the “good old days” […]

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I had the incredible pleasure of showing Ann Roe, niece of one of our employees, around our new “Riding In Style” exhibit in the Utah State Railroad Museum. Ann wants to learn to write, so she’ll be doing some blogging for us. I wanted to show her the new exhibit because it is a good […]

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The Standard-Examiner had a wonderful story about Mayor Harm Peery the other day (click here!) that looked at his role in starting the Pioneer Days Rodeo. Which, yes, he did do. In an era when the Great Depression was on, Harm was a business man who knew that he needed to juice up the economy, to […]

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Boy, shades of Butch Cassidy and Sundance, there was a time when guys with guns really did hold up trains.   Right here in little old Utah, too. Someone said I should look into those robberies, so I did and it’s great fun. A quick search of the old newspapers turned up several. This one, […]

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Frank Francis is one of the most under-appreciated builders of Ogden I can think of, a situation I hope to rectify in my work here at Union Station. For starters, he was the founder, in 1904, of the Ogden morning “Examiner,” which is the reason there’s a hyphen in the name of Ogden’s present newspaper. […]

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  Kerry Klarr is doing what we generally don’t appreciate at a museum–taking a grinder to one of our exhibits — but in this case we are really grateful. It’s for a good cause and will ultimately be for the best. Klarr, a member of the Railway Historical Society of America’s Salt Lake City chapter, […]

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So there were Dr. Trentelman and I, having lunch at Ellis Island, the place where millions of immigrants entered the United States to be probed, tested, examined and, at some point in time, fed, before entering the United States. And it is safe to assume that those immigrants, like I, looked up from lunch and […]

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The Standard-Examiner received a letter to the editor the other day about the French Gratitude Car in Union Station’s collection. The letter is on their web site and will likely run in the paper any day now. Here’s a link: http://www.standard.net/Letters/2015/06/08/Veteran-used-a-40-8-boxcar-in-WW-II.html Union Station’s Gratitude Car has an interesting history. As you can read in the […]

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Dear Union Station Supporters, WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP! Although the historic Union Station building and the museum collections are owned by Ogden City, we are not a line item in the City’s budget. Last year we received one-time support in the amount of $80,000 for operational expenses. This year we are asking for $50,000 […]

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