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PHOTOS OF OGDEN UTAH THROUGH THE YEARS
OGDEN CANYON, THE FAMOUS HERMITAGE HOTEL
EAST MEETS WEST, DRIVING THE GOLDEN SPIKE

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OGDEN UTAH,     OGDEN CANYON,     THE RAILROAD
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OGDEN UTAH


In 1824 a young trapper from the Ashley Fur Brigade, Jim Bridger, set out from the Cache Valley down the Bear River in a canoe to see where the river emptied. He reached the Great Salt Lake and was presumed to be the first white man to visit the area. In 1826 Peter Skene Ogden, of the Hudson Bay Trapping Company, and John Weber of the Rocky Mountain Company, followed what is now the Weber River and led a group of fur trappers into the area that later became Ogden. The local river was named after Ogden and the other river was named after Weber, who was buried on it's banks.

In 1841 Miles Goodyear built a log cabin adjacent to the Weber river, just above where the Ogden and Weber rivers join, and in 1845 he built Fort Buenaventura (Good Venture). This was to be a way station for travelers on their way to California. It became the first white settlement in the Utah area. When the Mormons arrived in 1847, Brigham Young sent Captain James Brown to buy the fort from Goodyear, including the surrounding area, for $1,950. In 1848 James Brown and Lorin Farr, with their family's, settled in the area and called it Brown's Fort.

The area grew fast and in 1851 it was named Ogden, after Peter Skene Ogden. Later the surrounding area was named Weber County after John Weber. Ogden was a good sized town by 1860.

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98 photos of Old Ogden

OGDEN CANYON


Rugged Scenic Ogden Canyon, with it's man made waterfall, electric trolley ride for 25 cents, the Oak's resort, and the world famous Hermitage Lodge. Royalty from other countries, Presidents and other dignitaries where known to visit this hotel when traveling through the west. The good old Hermitage and trolley cars are gone, but not forgotten. Another famous building, the Idlewild lodge and restaurant, is now owned by the ATK Thiokol Corporation and used for training and company functions.


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18 photos of Ogden Canyon

EAST MEETS WEST, THE GOLDEN SPIKE
OGDEN AND THE RAILROAD


The railroad was a big factor in Ogden's fast growth. In 1869 the tracks of the Union Pacific from the east and the tracks of the Central Pacific from the west came together at the Promontory Summit, north of Ogden. On May 10th the last rail was put in place and the last spike,(Golden) was driven. We are fortunate that photography had recently been invented and we have photos of that great day. For many years Ogden became the greatest switching yards between east and west.

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Painting by Thomas Hill, "Driving the last spike "

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34 photos of The Railroad





This group of photos came from many different sources, most being from postcards, and shows what Ogden looked like through the years. 98 Photos of Ogden are displayed here. 18 Photos of Ogden Canyon and 34 Photos of the Railroad. Please do not copy these photos for public display.



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