Museums

Google photographer Marcel De Lima Ultra cool stuff at the station today. It is being photographed by Google so people anywhere in the world can take a virtual tour of the museums.   Union Station is the cultural hub of Ogden, so this makes perfect sense. Google Earth will let visitors from around the world […]

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Floyd Jarvis was one of those quiet guys who, in his own small way, helped preserve one heck of a lot of the American railroad history.   He lived in a doublewide up on 12th Street by himself. A former railroad workers, whose father also worked on the railroads, the rails and all about them […]

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Hate to be blunt, but this is why I’m glad to see that the archive library at Union Station collects books, papers, actual hard copies, of as much as it can.   So does Weber State University’s Special Collections (click) library.   I keep beating this drum, but have to admit not many pay attention. I can’t […]

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The Pioneer Days Parade is Ogden’s chance to strut its stuff, and Union Station is a regular.   Why not? The Browning Kimball Car Museum has some of the coolest wheels on the planet, vintage “Made in the USA” cars that gleam and glint and sometimes even run pretty well. They are 70-plus years old, […]

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I ran into Lee Witten, Union Station’s chief archivist, wading through stacks of old 8mm movie film the other day.   Lee Witten shopping for high tech equipment Someone donated his life-time collection of home movies shot while working for the railroad, and Lee said there’s some amazing stuff there, engines and other rolling stock […]

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— You really need to get to Gallary at the Station’s show for July and August. It features paintings by Osral B. Allred and sculpture by Nancy Whipple.   This is a critical show because the works by Allred (click)  may never be seen in a public showing again. Union Station Foundation Director Roberta Beverly tells me […]

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OK, so it didn’t happen a lot, but Union Station did have  dead people show up in trunks, at least twice that I can find. We’ll look at the first one today, almost exactly 100 years after it happened.   Sunday, June 29, 1913’s morning Examiner   We don’t hear much about trunk murders any […]

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  Around 1980, I was talking to the then-public relations person for the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce about downtown Ogden and 25th Street.   At that time a huge block of buildings, where Karen’s Cafe and Ogden Blue now stand, had been torn out for “renewal,” and it was this person’s opinion that the whole […]

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So I was pedaling down 25th Street to write about Ogden’s trunk murders but got distracted by the slowly emerging gorgeousness of the house at 726 25th Street.   You know the place. It’s the most ornate home in town, complete with onion dome and lots of gingerbread, an architect’s fantasy, almost. Someone said “I’m […]

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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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