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Ogden, Utah

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Ogden, Utah can trace its growth with the rise and fall of the railroad industry that played a major part in American history just a few miles from the city. It was nearby that the golden spike was struck at Promontory Summit in 1869, joining the First Intercontinental Railroad. Ogden being the closest major city was a major benefactor. Its Union Station became a major hub of activity for over a hundred years. The major road in Ogden between Union Station and downtown was 25th Street and that became the commercial heart of the city. It was also a major center of vice, including alcohol, drugs, prostitution, and gambling. 25th Street became known as Two-Bit Street, another phrase for twenty-five cents, meaning anything could be had on this corridor.

Ogden had traditionally been Utah's second largest city. Times have changed and other cities in Salt Lake City's suburbs have surpassed Ogden in size but what remains is Ogden's massive collection of nineteenth century architecture. Local leaders, including the mayor in the fifties and sixties, decided to preserve this and efforts were made to clean up the city. Major crime reduction efforts were put into swing along 25th Street. Although the long haul trains no longer run to Union Station, commuters still come to the city and the area remains viable with a bustling core.

Today, Ogden's Main Street is 25th Street from Union Station and Wall Avenue to the west all the way to Grant Avenue to the east. You will also find shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions in the heart of downtown along Washington Boulevard as well. In addition to all this, there is a revitalized entertainment district called the Junction near the corner of 23rd Street and Kiesel Avenue. Ogden is about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City in Weber County, Utah. Other Main Street areas in the state of Utah include Park City, as well as the 9th and 9th area in Salt Lake City and Gardner Village in West Jordan.

Photo Gallery Tour

We start our tour of Ogden, Utah at the Ogden Union Station.  The station first opened in 1869 to serve the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which occurred nearby in Promontory Summit.  The station eventually burned down but was rebuilt in 1924 in the Spanish Colonial style.  Long-distance passenger trains and Amtrak stopped using Union Station in May 1997.
We start our tour of Ogden, Utah at the Ogden Union Station. The station first opened in 1869 to serve the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which occurred nearby in Promontory Summit. The station eventually burned down but was rebuilt in 1924 in the Spanish Colonial style. Long-distance passenger trains and Amtrak stopped using Union Station in May 1997.
Today, Union Station is still used but is home to multiple museums and is an event center.  The museums it features includes the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum, the Western Heritage and Utah Cowboy Museum, and as you can see here the Utah State Railroad Museum.
Today, Union Station is still used but is home to multiple museums and is an event center. The museums it features includes the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum, the Western Heritage and Utah Cowboy Museum, and as you can see here the Utah State Railroad Museum.
This does not mean that Ogden is not accessible by rail.  You can still reach Ogden via the Utah Transit Authority's FrontRunner commuter rail line, which stops at the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center adjacent to Union Station.
This does not mean that Ogden is not accessible by rail. You can still reach Ogden via the Utah Transit Authority's FrontRunner commuter rail line, which stops at the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center adjacent to Union Station.
Across from Union Station, running north and south, we have Wall Avenue.  This is the Altice Building, which sits on the corner of Wall Avenue and 25th Street.  This building was built in 1998 and was the first new building built in the historic district in over half a century.  It replaced the Healy Hotel, which had been built in 1901 but had fallen into disrepair.
Across from Union Station, running north and south, we have Wall Avenue. This is the Altice Building, which sits on the corner of Wall Avenue and 25th Street. This building was built in 1998 and was the first new building built in the historic district in over half a century. It replaced the Healy Hotel, which had been built in 1901 but had fallen into disrepair.
This is another view of the corner of Wall Avenue and 25th Street.  25th Street is Ogden's primary Main Street running east and west.  We will be heading east down 25th Street.
This is another view of the corner of Wall Avenue and 25th Street. 25th Street is Ogden's primary Main Street running east and west. We will be heading east down 25th Street.
Colorful boutiques, eateries, and coffee shops abound in Ogden.  25th Street became the main commercial artery for Ogden when Union Station was built on the far western side of town.
Colorful boutiques, eateries, and coffee shops abound in Ogden. 25th Street became the main commercial artery for Ogden when Union Station was built on the far western side of town.
Here is a view looking east down 25th Street.  You can see downtown Ogden in the distance but it's the Wasatch Mountain Range that dominates the background.
Here is a view looking east down 25th Street. You can see downtown Ogden in the distance but it's the Wasatch Mountain Range that dominates the background.
More shops along 25th Street.  Although Ogden had been traditionally Utah's second largest city, it has since been surpassed by other larger cities in the Salt Lake City metro area.  However, this means that Ogden remains a huge center of industry for Utah and also features one of the largest collections of nineteenth century architecture in the state of Utah.
More shops along 25th Street. Although Ogden had been traditionally Utah's second largest city, it has since been surpassed by other larger cities in the Salt Lake City metro area. However, this means that Ogden remains a huge center of industry for Utah and also features one of the largest collections of nineteenth century architecture in the state of Utah.
These signs refer back to Ogden and 25th Street's past.  Many years ago 25th street was known for its clubs and the many vices that could be found on the infamous three blocks off Union Station.  The businesses catered to visitors coming in from out of town.  Twenty-Five cents is known as two bits and the area was known as Two-Bit Street, where anything could be had cheaply.
These signs refer back to Ogden and 25th Street's past. Many years ago 25th street was known for its clubs and the many vices that could be found on the infamous three blocks off Union Station. The businesses catered to visitors coming in from out of town. Twenty-Five cents is known as two bits and the area was known as Two-Bit Street, where anything could be had cheaply.
Here is some more interesting signage that seems like a throwback to Ogden's past when this area was also known as Two-Bit Street.
Here is some more interesting signage that seems like a throwback to Ogden's past when this area was also known as Two-Bit Street.
As we continue to head east on 25th Street, we see a vacant plot of land turned into an interesting use of advertising for the City of Ogden.  Also, you can see the scenic Wasatch Mountains rising in the background.
As we continue to head east on 25th Street, we see a vacant plot of land turned into an interesting use of advertising for the City of Ogden. Also, you can see the scenic Wasatch Mountains rising in the background.
More modern looking buildings mix in with the historic buildings on 25th Street.  These have shops and art galleries on the bottom floors with apartments on the upper floors.
More modern looking buildings mix in with the historic buildings on 25th Street. These have shops and art galleries on the bottom floors with apartments on the upper floors.
Signs along the wide sidewalks describe the history of 25th Street in the form of newspaper articles.  You can tell by the decorations on the balconies above that we were here during the Halloween season.
Signs along the wide sidewalks describe the history of 25th Street in the form of newspaper articles. You can tell by the decorations on the balconies above that we were here during the Halloween season.
More restaurants and businesses along 25th Street.  Further down is the historic Marion Hotel, built in 1911.  Today it has been renovated into affordable apartments and renamed the Sean Herrick Apartments.  We'll get another look at those in a moment.  Also, check out that sign on the left.
More restaurants and businesses along 25th Street. Further down is the historic Marion Hotel, built in 1911. Today it has been renovated into affordable apartments and renamed the Sean Herrick Apartments. We'll get another look at those in a moment. Also, check out that sign on the left.
Across the street are boutiques, eateries, and even antique stores so you can find a little bit of everything just like the old days. In 1954, 25th Street was cleaned up as part of a citywide crime-reduction effort led by Mayor Lorin Farr (a descendant of Ogden's first mayor, Lorin Farr).  So today most of the businesses are more family friendly.
Across the street are boutiques, eateries, and even antique stores so you can find a little bit of everything just like the old days. In 1954, 25th Street was cleaned up as part of a citywide crime-reduction effort led by Mayor Lorin Farr (a descendant of Ogden's first mayor, Lorin Farr). So today most of the businesses are more family friendly.
More restaurants, boutiques, and ice cream parlors on 25th Street in Ogden Utah.
More restaurants, boutiques, and ice cream parlors on 25th Street in Ogden Utah.
We are almost to the corner of 25th Street and Lincoln Avenue.  This is another view of the historic Marion Hotel, which is now the Sean Herrick Apartments.  Notice the interesting sign work and the businesses on the first floor.  Also notice the horse on the bottom right-hand corner.  You will find decorated horses like that throughout Ogden.
We are almost to the corner of 25th Street and Lincoln Avenue. This is another view of the historic Marion Hotel, which is now the Sean Herrick Apartments. Notice the interesting sign work and the businesses on the first floor. Also notice the horse on the bottom right-hand corner. You will find decorated horses like that throughout Ogden.
Now we look east down 25th Street with a view of the Wasatch Range in the distance.
Now we look east down 25th Street with a view of the Wasatch Range in the distance.
On the corner of 25th Street and Lincoln Avenue, we have a row of historic buildings.  When it was realized that Ogden had one of the largest collections of nineteenth century architecture in the state of Utah, there was a push to clean up the area and make it attractive for reputable businesses to move in, creating the attractive area we see today.
On the corner of 25th Street and Lincoln Avenue, we have a row of historic buildings. When it was realized that Ogden had one of the largest collections of nineteenth century architecture in the state of Utah, there was a push to clean up the area and make it attractive for reputable businesses to move in, creating the attractive area we see today.
The large, three-story, brick building in the middle is the Helena Hotel constructed circa 1911 in the Prairie School style.
The large, three-story, brick building in the middle is the Helena Hotel constructed circa 1911 in the Prairie School style.
Here is another view looking east towards the Wasatch mountains and downtown Ogden.  On this Photo Gallery Tour, we not only cover 25th Street, but we will also cover the downtown business district as well later in the tour.
Here is another view looking east towards the Wasatch mountains and downtown Ogden. On this Photo Gallery Tour, we not only cover 25th Street, but we will also cover the downtown business district as well later in the tour.
This building went up in 1912 and was originally used for live theater before it made the switch to projection theater.  The sign came later and was known as the Star Noodle Parlor.  During renovations in 2007, the sign came down but the sign was so iconic and so beloved it too was renovated and restored, and here we see it today.
This building went up in 1912 and was originally used for live theater before it made the switch to projection theater. The sign came later and was known as the Star Noodle Parlor. During renovations in 2007, the sign came down but the sign was so iconic and so beloved it too was renovated and restored, and here we see it today.
Across the way, we see an empty lot but with a high-rise hotel in the background.  We're getting closer to Ogden's downtown district.
Across the way, we see an empty lot but with a high-rise hotel in the background. We're getting closer to Ogden's downtown district.
More historic buildings on 25th Street or Two-Bit Street.  In the early twentieth century the area was home to shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors, hotels, and laundries.  But it was also the site for gambling, prostitution, and drugs.  An urban legend tells of a system of underground tunnels that bootleggers used to move alcohol from Union Station down 25th Street.
More historic buildings on 25th Street or Two-Bit Street. In the early twentieth century the area was home to shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors, hotels, and laundries. But it was also the site for gambling, prostitution, and drugs. An urban legend tells of a system of underground tunnels that bootleggers used to move alcohol from Union Station down 25th Street.
The building on the right is called the London Ice Cream Parlor.  It's named after Belle London, Ogden's most famous madame who used the ice cream parlor as a front.  Folks have been known to see the ghost of London in the upper windows of the building.
The building on the right is called the London Ice Cream Parlor. It's named after Belle London, Ogden's most famous madame who used the ice cream parlor as a front. Folks have been known to see the ghost of London in the upper windows of the building.
An array of businesses, colors, and artwork greets visitors strolling along 25th Street.
An array of businesses, colors, and artwork greets visitors strolling along 25th Street.
A lot has changed over the years after the seedier businesses moved out of the historic district and new ones came in to set up shop.
A lot has changed over the years after the seedier businesses moved out of the historic district and new ones came in to set up shop.
The one story brick building on the right is known as the Utah Trunk Factory.  The building was constructed circa 1915 and served many purposes over the years, including a furniture store and a cafe.  The building on the left was constructed in 1890 and today houses a brewing company and uses the courtyard for outdoor seating between the two buildings.
The one story brick building on the right is known as the Utah Trunk Factory. The building was constructed circa 1915 and served many purposes over the years, including a furniture store and a cafe. The building on the left was constructed in 1890 and today houses a brewing company and uses the courtyard for outdoor seating between the two buildings.
More businesses along 25th Street, including an art gallery and a bakery.  The Ogden Mustangs is the city's local hockey team.
More businesses along 25th Street, including an art gallery and a bakery. The Ogden Mustangs is the city's local hockey team.
We continue heading east along 25th Street.  We see various eateries and other businesses, including folks enjoying the beautiful weather outside.
We continue heading east along 25th Street. We see various eateries and other businesses, including folks enjoying the beautiful weather outside.
Across the street we see the Lyceum Theatre, first built in 1903 and then rebuilt in 1911.  Today it is home to Wiseguys Comedy Cafe.  In the distance we see the Wasatch Mountains and the Ogden Municipal Building in downtown Ogden.
Across the street we see the Lyceum Theatre, first built in 1903 and then rebuilt in 1911. Today it is home to Wiseguys Comedy Cafe. In the distance we see the Wasatch Mountains and the Ogden Municipal Building in downtown Ogden.
Here we are at the corner of 25th Street and Grant Avenue.  This is the James V. Hansen Federal Building, which marks the eastern edge of our tour of the 25th Street Historic District.  But don't worry.  There is still more to see.  By the way, while the east-west streets are numbered, north-south streets in this area are named after presidents.
Here we are at the corner of 25th Street and Grant Avenue. This is the James V. Hansen Federal Building, which marks the eastern edge of our tour of the 25th Street Historic District. But don't worry. There is still more to see. By the way, while the east-west streets are numbered, north-south streets in this area are named after presidents.
If we make a slight detour and head north on Grant Avenue we find a few more businesses and restaurants near downtown Ogden.
If we make a slight detour and head north on Grant Avenue we find a few more businesses and restaurants near downtown Ogden.
Now we will head up one more block east to Washington Boulevard.  This is the main north south road through downtown Ogden.  Here we see the old Courthouse Building, built in 1906.  Today, it is occupied by restaurants and offices.  From here we will continue north on Washington Boulevard.
Now we will head up one more block east to Washington Boulevard. This is the main north south road through downtown Ogden. Here we see the old Courthouse Building, built in 1906. Today, it is occupied by restaurants and offices. From here we will continue north on Washington Boulevard.
We are at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and 25th Street and perhaps the heart of the city.  This is the Bigelow-Ben Lomond Hotel.  The hotel was constructed in 1927 and is notable for its Italian Renaissance Revival architecture.
We are at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and 25th Street and perhaps the heart of the city. This is the Bigelow-Ben Lomond Hotel. The hotel was constructed in 1927 and is notable for its Italian Renaissance Revival architecture.
This is Peery's Egyptian Theater built in 1924.  After falling into disrepair, it was reconstructed and reopened in 1998 and now used as a community theater and performing arts house.  Sundance Film Festival has screened movies here every year since 1998.  Also notice there is another one of those painted horses out front.
This is Peery's Egyptian Theater built in 1924. After falling into disrepair, it was reconstructed and reopened in 1998 and now used as a community theater and performing arts house. Sundance Film Festival has screened movies here every year since 1998. Also notice there is another one of those painted horses out front.
The Ogden Eccles Conference Center is connected to the Historic Peery's Egyptian Theater next door.
The Ogden Eccles Conference Center is connected to the Historic Peery's Egyptian Theater next door.
Across the street on Washington Boulevard are more shops and restaurants that seem to serve the downtown crowd but are all in a pedestrian-friendly environment.
Across the street on Washington Boulevard are more shops and restaurants that seem to serve the downtown crowd but are all in a pedestrian-friendly environment.
At the corner of Washington Boulevard and 24th Street, we reach the Weber Center.  Ogden is the Weber County seat, and this office building is home to many Weber County offices along with other private offices as well.
At the corner of Washington Boulevard and 24th Street, we reach the Weber Center. Ogden is the Weber County seat, and this office building is home to many Weber County offices along with other private offices as well.
Here is another office building, also at the corner of Washington Boulevard and 24th Street in downtown Ogden, Utah.  Ogden had traditionally been the second largest city in Utah before being surpassed by other larger cities in the Salt Lake City suburbs, but Ogden still has a nice sized downtown for a city of its size.
Here is another office building, also at the corner of Washington Boulevard and 24th Street in downtown Ogden, Utah. Ogden had traditionally been the second largest city in Utah before being surpassed by other larger cities in the Salt Lake City suburbs, but Ogden still has a nice sized downtown for a city of its size.
We continue heading north along Washington Boulevard.  Here we see a shop that serves Mormon Missionaries.  Further north we will see an LDS Temple.
We continue heading north along Washington Boulevard. Here we see a shop that serves Mormon Missionaries. Further north we will see an LDS Temple.
As we continue along Washington Boulevard, we see a Wildcat Store.  The Wildcats are the mascot of Weber State University, which makes its home in Ogden, Utah.
As we continue along Washington Boulevard, we see a Wildcat Store. The Wildcats are the mascot of Weber State University, which makes its home in Ogden, Utah.
Another view of the shops and businesses along Washington Boulevard, including mid-rise residences in the background.
Another view of the shops and businesses along Washington Boulevard, including mid-rise residences in the background.
Here we see an eclectic view of brick and stone work, including a wide variety of businesses, including a comic book store, a tattoo parlor, and even an axe-throwing league over on the far left.
Here we see an eclectic view of brick and stone work, including a wide variety of businesses, including a comic book store, a tattoo parlor, and even an axe-throwing league over on the far left.
Heading further up Washington Boulevard, we see more businesses, including a laser spa and a computer store.
Heading further up Washington Boulevard, we see more businesses, including a laser spa and a computer store.
Along this same row of densely packed colorful businesses, we have a dance studio and a sandwich shop.
Along this same row of densely packed colorful businesses, we have a dance studio and a sandwich shop.
Across the street, we have a Japanese steak house and sushi restaurant.  Let's take a detour now off of Washington Boulevard.
Across the street, we have a Japanese steak house and sushi restaurant. Let's take a detour now off of Washington Boulevard.
Let's take a detour off of Washington Boulevard to visit the Junction, a 20 acre entertainment, retail, office, and residential complex built on the site of the former Ogden City Mall.  This was done in an effort to revitalize downtown Ogden and promote economic and cultural growth.  This is a view of Keisel Avenue, where we see a row of shops and eateries.
Let's take a detour off of Washington Boulevard to visit the Junction, a 20 acre entertainment, retail, office, and residential complex built on the site of the former Ogden City Mall. This was done in an effort to revitalize downtown Ogden and promote economic and cultural growth. This is a view of Keisel Avenue, where we see a row of shops and eateries.
This is another view along Kiesel Avenue.  Here we can see a mid-rise residential tower.  Below are spaces for commercial businesses.  Not all of them are filled yet.
This is another view along Kiesel Avenue. Here we can see a mid-rise residential tower. Below are spaces for commercial businesses. Not all of them are filled yet.
We head out to the intersection of Kiesel Avenue and 23rd Street.  Here we see some more restaurants and another decorated horse.  The high-rise in the background goes by the names 2404 Washington Boulevard, First Security Building, or Wells Fargo Tower.  The twelve story building was first built in 1926 and bills itself as the tallest in Ogden.
We head out to the intersection of Kiesel Avenue and 23rd Street. Here we see some more restaurants and another decorated horse. The high-rise in the background goes by the names 2404 Washington Boulevard, First Security Building, or Wells Fargo Tower. The twelve story building was first built in 1926 and bills itself as the tallest in Ogden.
This is the Salomon Center.  I'm taking the picture from the opposite corner from the previous photo so this is the same intersection and that is the same horse, just so you have an idea of where you are.  The Salomon Center contains a bowling alley, arcade, gym, pool, climbing wall, indoor skydiving, and several restaurants.
This is the Salomon Center. I'm taking the picture from the opposite corner from the previous photo so this is the same intersection and that is the same horse, just so you have an idea of where you are. The Salomon Center contains a bowling alley, arcade, gym, pool, climbing wall, indoor skydiving, and several restaurants.
Also next door is this Megaplex Movie Theater.  If you couldn't tell, the sun was setting as I was taking these photos, hence the stark contrast.  Now let's head out to Washington Boulevard before wrapping up our trip to Ogden, Utah.
Also next door is this Megaplex Movie Theater. If you couldn't tell, the sun was setting as I was taking these photos, hence the stark contrast. Now let's head out to Washington Boulevard before wrapping up our trip to Ogden, Utah.
Back on Washington Boulevard we come to the Ogden, Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was originally dedicated in 1972, but was rededicated in 2014 after a major renovation was done giving it a complete face lift, replacing its previous mid-century architectural look.
Back on Washington Boulevard we come to the Ogden, Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was originally dedicated in 1972, but was rededicated in 2014 after a major renovation was done giving it a complete face lift, replacing its previous mid-century architectural look.
And finally our last stop on our tour is a sign welcoming folks into town with a large archway.  It also reminds visitors that Ogden is home to Weber State University.
And finally our last stop on our tour is a sign welcoming folks into town with a large archway. It also reminds visitors that Ogden is home to Weber State University.

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