Posted May 29, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Located 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, Ogden was once a major stop for people traveling out west. And though you won't find nearly as many cowboys or gunslingers, you can still hear the tall tales of the Wild West, and find proof of its existence in an old train station, an historic street, and an eclectic saloon, where prices are reminiscent of days gone by.
Union station: When it became the official train station of the transcontinental railway in 1869, Union Station served as a major hub for travelers, bringing diversity and economic power to this small Utah town for years. And though trains no longer stop here, Union station still encourages people to pay a visit to this historic railroad monument. You can tour any of the four museums, including the Utah State Railroad museum, the Firearms Museum, and the Classic Car Museum for the one-time family price (two adults and up to four kids ages 2-12) of $12.
Historic 25th Street: 25th Street has accommodated all walks of life, once housing retail shops, ice cream parlors, and Chinese laundries in close proximity to opium dens, underground bootlegging tunnels, and gambling parlors. Since that time, Ogden has been revitalized, and 25th Street now attracts visitors to its unique boutique shops, antique stores, galleries, and cafes. Wander along the historic storefronts, and spend small bills for a trinket at Artists and Heirlooms or big bills for art at Gallery 25.
Shooting Star Saloon: In nearby Huntsville, you'll find a tavern straight out of a John Wayne flick. The Shooting Star Saloon has been serving beer to thirsty patrons since 1879, making it the oldest continuously run bar in Utah. As you step inside the rustic-looking shanty, you're greeted by decorations covering every square inch of the interior, including a stuffed St. Bernard dog's head. The saloon serves burgers and nothing else to eat. However, people come from all over to order the famous and possibly deadly Star Burger, which includes two patties, polish knockwurst, and cheese in a bun.
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(Photo: Ogden / Weber CVB)