Historic 25th Street
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A Bustling Metropolitan Area
The first transcontinental railroad in the United States was ceremoniously completed on May 10, 1869. Ogden's Union Station was the heart of a successful bid to become the primary junction for the railway. Union Station welcomed the world into Ogden for over 50 years, and Historic 25th Street rolled out before it like a red carpet.
Many travelers entered to do business, dine, catch up on local and national news and enjoy upscale shopping. Others came to frequent the houses of ill repute, gamble, trade off ill-gotten gains, drink and brawl at the lively saloons. One could witness gambling, prostitution, narcotics sales, robbery and other bootlegger activities on 25th Street.
With A Diverse History
Conservative, devout and God-fearing Mormon pioneers originally settled most Utah communities. Our area traces its beginnings to fur trader Miles Goodyear, who established the trading post, Fort Buenaventura, in 1844. The town settled down for a bit following purchase of the fort by Mormon pioneers in 1847.
Then, completion of the railroad in 1869 initiated long-standing political battles, invited successful and failed capital ventures and charged the city with on-going controversy. For a time, Ogden was a rough city, and 25th Street was the roughest part of all.
And A Promising Future
Ogden's Renaissance began in the 1950s when Mayor Lorin Farr initiated efforts for a citywide cleanup. In the 1980s, economic reinvestment in the downtown area revitalized the fierce, independent, entrepreneurial heart of Ogden. Visionary and progressive business owners reopened shop along Historic 25th Street. Land developers built residences. Historic 25th Street has once again emerged as a vital economic and cultural center with a promising future.
For stories of bustling commerce, economic development and society highlights visit one of our many local historical attractions. For stories of underground tunnels, brawls and rowdy adventures visit with Historic 25th Street shopkeepers, examine suspect alleyways or stop in for a haircut from Willie at Moore's Barbershop.
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