The Union Station is a railroad station in Ogden
, Utah, located near the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center on the west end of Historic 25th Street. Its name reflects the usual nomenclature of train stations whose tracks and facilities are shared by several railway companies. It was formerly the junction of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads.
People who love Ogden, a historian who likes to study social history, and the Union Station Development Corporation came up with the Museums at Union Station back in 1978.
The building, which no longer serves as a railway hub, now serves as a cultural center, housing the Utah State Railroad Museum, the Spencer S. Eccles Rail Center, the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, the Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum, as well as a monthly art gallery for local and regional artists.
Prints, pictures, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and railroad ephemera are among the 25,000 artifacts in the museums' collection.
The Myra Powell Gallery houses the station's permanent art collection as well as traveling exhibits. The Union Station Research Library has a lot of old Ogden photos and papers that the public can look at for no charge.
Citizens and city officials approached the Union Pacific Company about providing the facility, known as Union Station, on Wall Avenue at the base of 25th Street to the city in 1969, and the idea for a Museum and Community Center in Ogden was born.
The city began renovations on Jon and Donald Parkinson's Italian-Byzantine building in 1973 and finished them in 1978.
The Museums at Union Station, as the city's greatest cultural institution, have focused on preserving and using Ogden's tales to communicate about the city's life, work, people and ideas, and even the built environment, such as Utah's railroad history and John Moses Browning. The Union Station building was certified as the official Utah State Railroad Museum in 1988, a decade after its creation.
The Museum amassed a significant collection of exceptional items over the next few decades, including the Matthew S. Browning Collection, the Matthew and Barbara Browning Classic Car Collection, several glass negatives of early Ogden, and the Floyd Jarvis Utah Railroad Collection, which includes timetables and film footage of the railroad.
The Union Station in Ogden is a tribute to the city's railroading past. It is a symbol of the cultural and economic transformations that the transcontinental railroad brought to the West.
Despite the fact that it is no longer a train station, the station continues to draw visitors from all over the world. Most visitors come to view the John M. Browning Firearms Museum and the Utah State Railroad Museum/Eccles Rail Center, which house two of the world's largest locomotives.
Amtrak's Pioneer was the last long-distance passenger train to use Union Station in May 1997. The Utah Transit Authority's (UTA) FrontRunner commuter rail line is served by the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center, which is right next to the train station.Ogden Utah Temple
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