Museums

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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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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