Museums

Some days you dig and dig and dig and never know what you found, if anything. The purported grave of Alexander the Great is one such experience. (click). Then there’s the opposite: You walk into the office and there’s a treasure, just sitting there. In this case, it was a miniature version of a steamer trunk, […]

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Throwback Thursday on Facebook is a time of old pictures, mostly, so here’s one from Ogden’s Union Station going back quite a ways. This one, showing our Grand Lobby, breaks my heart. Would you look at those chandeliers? Gorgeous things. A few of us thought this picture had been photoshopped, but no. This is an […]

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One of the many strongly graphic images in the film “Road to Perdition” is inside the Chicago train station. The young protagonist is sitting amid row after row after row of men reading newspapers. Cody Wright takes a well-earned break on the bench he just finished Such scenes probably happened often during the Depression. If […]

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  Worker marks out inspection squares on 119’s steel housing. PROMONTORY — The two steam engines at Golden Spike National Historic Site are naked. Buck nacked. Nude. Undressed. Full Monty. Completely revealed. Getting a pretty thorough going over, too. The engines are exact working replicas of “Jupiter” and “119,” which met cowcatcher-to-cowcatcher in Promontory on […]

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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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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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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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OK, so maybe a video of a car getting crunched by a train isn’t your favorite thing. It isn’t UTA’s either, or the Union Pacific’s. Those cars ding up their engines something awful. They scrape the paint and make crunching and crashing noises. Then there’s the people inside the cars, screaming all over the place. […]

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Shelly and Dave Hestand with the picture Bob DeBoer worked at Weber State University for years, including when I covered the place, so when he died last September I was, of course saddened. And I’m not saying I’m glad, now, that he’s dead, but we did just get this really cool picture from his kids, […]

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