Sunday, June 12, 2016
Utah State Railroad Museum
In 1869, when the transcontinental railroad line was completed, Ogden, Utah was chosen as the hub for travel in the Intermountain West. The 1924 Spanish Colonial Revival style building was the third station, built after the first one proved to be too small and the second one was damaged in a fire. Passenger service was discontinued in 1977 and the city leased the building for use as a museum. The website claims that they have four museums but in actuality it’s one museum with four sections. The railroad gallery is the largest with good displays and a model railroad that follows the path of the trains from Sacramento, California to Omaha, Nebraska. The car gallery and the western heritage gallery are both nicely done but very small. The firearms gallery contains cases of guns and a short history of the Utah based Browning family who are responsible for many inventive firearm designs.
All of the galleries are accessible but a few of the exhibits in the kids hands-on area of the railroad gallery have steps or narrow doorways and are not wheelchair accessible. The model railroad display is easy to see from a seated position.
The parking lot is large enough for any RV.
Museum 41.22124, -111.97925