Museums

Up we go! Architect Mike Sanders wanted pictures of the design details of Union Station, so Ogden kindly loaned him a cherry picker and up we went. Mike is giving a talk May 10 on the construction and design of Ogden’s Union Station, a construction miracle that jumped out of the ground, finished, only 20 […]

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As we celebrate Union Station’s 90th birthday this year, we’re taking special note of one of the station’s grandest moments and fondest memories: The Red Cross Canteen during World War II. Union Station was the funnel through which Weber County’s economy flowed, but during WWII the station took on another significant role. As the main […]

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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 […]

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Union Station’s business manager Tracy Ehrig said a chunk of one of the original beams holding up Union Station’s roof is still down in the basement. Would I like to see that? Lead on. Union Station’s current building was built 90 years ago. The massive beams holding up the roof were hoisted into place by […]

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I really love this picture. It’s so festive.   So fun. And so real.   No kidding, it really happened. The image may be a bit romanticized, but not much. Real pictures of the event are similar.   Ogden’s Union Station burned down in February of 1923. After some initial reluctance, the railroads that used […]

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Loved the annual Hostler’s show at Union Station so much I had to go twice. Story Trentelman   Of course, on Saturday I was shepherding grandchildren around. When you are busy watching grandkids you don’t see much of the show. I had to help carry, feed and help get them to the train ride out […]

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Bruce Perry examines his dad’s camera Cameras are time machines, especially the camera bought 99 years ago by Bruce Perry’s dad.   Talk about a window to the past. And, miracle of miracles, we have the actual negatives that camera produced.   Wow.   Bruce Perry, Roy, grabbed me at the recent opening of the […]

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Bill Salerno, Ogden architect and patron of the arts, died Monday, and we at Union Station will particularly miss him. Bill only served a year on the Union Station Foundation’s board of directors, but Foundation Executive Director Roberta Beverly said he was a long-time advocate, supporter and donor to the station. “He was just committed […]

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I told the lovely Dr. Carla Trentelman that one of the biggest discoveries I’m making while digging through Union Station’s archives is how easy it is for stuff to get lost even in a museum. “I really understand how a long lost work by Van Gogh or Michelangelo or Titian can turn up sitting on […]

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  With Valentine’s Day only weeks away, I thought it would be fun to peek into one of the more interesting collections I’ve found in Union Station’s archive: The Ruth Myers Valentines. I’m still trying to figure out more who Ruth is, or was.  She was Ruth Myers Shrider, who married D.O. Schrider and died […]

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