For about 100 years, from the 1880s to 1970s, Ogden was in its heyday as the connection for five major railroads between Sacramento, Omaha and all major Western settlements. Railroads then were wealthy, and all that wealth was portrayed in the design and architecture of Union Station.
This lovely Italian Renaissance architectural gem is an anchor for Ogden’s downtown area. Inside, the 54-foot high Grand Lobby hosts original red and white slate floors, ornately and intricately tiled fountains and Edward Laning murals depicting the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Outside, the façade features gargoyles, oak leaves, eagles and flowers all delicately fashioned in sandstone, glass mosaics, and exotic brick work. Archways, wrought iron lattices and transoms, leaded glass windows and more add to the grandeur of this historic structure.
The original station, built in 1889, was destroyed in a fire in 1923; the current station was rebuilt on the original foundation the following year in 1924. In the early 1970s, major renovations took place to restore this grand building through which many government dignitaries, Hollywood icons, wartime heroes, and everyday travelers have passed. Today museums, galleries, a restaurant, and gift boutique make Ogden’s Union Station certainly worth a visit.
Discover the works of art and utility still on display today at Union Station.