After we’d gone to Golden Spike National Historic Site, we headed back to Ogden, Utah. Keeping to the train theme, we visited The Museums at Union Station at the (guess where!) old Union Train Depot. Some friends had been there last year and suggested it to us. The station was built in 1924 after the 1889 building burned down.
During its peak, 120 trains a day moved through Ogden, with 17 tracks just for passenger service. I assume there were more than these few wooden benches for all those people!
Now the old station houses four separate and unique museums with exhibits on trains, guns, cowboys and cars--pretty much something for everybody. (Well, maybe not, but I figured I’d give it a shot.)
First up was the Utah State Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, just a big room dedicated to Utah cowboys (and cowgirls). There's
As you’d expect from the location alone, the Utah State Railroad Museum is the biggest one. There’s a big display on the transcontinental railroad...just in case you weren’t paying attention at Golden Spike.
Outside in the Spencer S. Eccles Rail Center are vintage locomotives and other train cars and cabooses. There’s even an old steam powered snow plow, although I’m pretty sure this isn’t it.
Back inside, we headed upstairs to the John M. Browning Firearms Museum. George liked this one, of course.
- The 2013 Miss Rodeo America is from Utah.
- Cabooses were made obsolete by a EOT device--an End of Train electronic box that monitors the train from the last car.
- Browning made a gas-operated machine gun in 1890 that fired 600 rounds/minute.
- Side rear-view mirrors were originally mounted on fenders and held on by leather straps.
That's enough history for the day...time to go eat!
Look at the Wasatch Front to the east. Pretty.
For more pictures of the stuff in the museum, click here: The Museums at Union Station