‘Little Chicago’: Ogden’s Historic 25th Street

  • Historic 25th Street
    The Wasatch Mountain Range stands guard over historic 25th Street in Ogden, UT. Photo by Donna M. Brown All rights reserved.
  • Artists and Heirlooms
    The Crowley Gallery (Artists & Heirlooms), located at 115 Historic 25th Street in Ogden, features fine art, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, and home décor. The main floor showcases beautiful artwork, antique furniture, décor, and exciting collectibles. Be sure and check out the Artists & Heirlooms. The historic building has some touches you will enjoy – a faux paint treatment that blends in with the old brick and beautiful old hardwood floors. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • Coca-Cola Horse
    Ogden City preservationists have been painting the down red -- Historic 25th Street to be more specific; but not quite the way carousers did it in the olden days. This beautifully restored district is adorned with statues and attractions that enrich the story of a Western past. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • Greyhound Bus Station
    This building, originally a Greyhound bus station, opened on the corner of Historic 25th Street and Grant Avenue in 1940. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • Grounds for Coffee
    Grounds for Coffee, a Legal Brew is located at 111 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401. Hot coffee, great food and entertainment make this a popular gathering spot in the historic district. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • Jack and Jills
    Jack-N-Jills Boutique is located at 260 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401. It has a wide variety of items for men and women in a fun, eclectic setting. Customer service here is Stellar!
  • Lee Riders
    Although Ogden's historic 25th Street has been beautifully restored, the past peeks through just like this worn Lee Riding sign bringing an even richer spirit to the district. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • Ogden Architectural Details
    The buildings on Historic 25th Street in Ogden, Utah still feature a great deal of its original detail. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved
  • Ogden Municipal Building
    One of Ogden's finest architectural gems, the city's municipal building at 2549 Washington Blvd. is beautifully preserved in high art deco fashion. These grounds are home to the Municipal Gardens build in honor of Capt. James Brown and Lorin Farr, early settlers and celebrated local figures. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • Sweet Spot
    This darling little shop is located on Ogden's Historic 25th Street in Northern Utah, by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
  • 25th Street
    Ogden is shedding a new light on an old street filled with stories and historic sites, photo by Donna M. Brow, All Rights Reserved.
  • Union Station
    Union Station, also known as Ogden Union Station, is a train station in Ogden, Utah, at the west end of Historic 25th Street, just south of the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center, 2501 Wall Ave, Ogden, UT 84401, photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.
Grounds for Coffee

Grounds for Coffee, a Legal Brew is located at 111 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401. Hot coffee, great food and entertainment make this a popular gathering spot in the historic district. Photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.

HIGHLIGHTS: An eclectic collection of shops, boutiques, restaurants and historic sites in an area rich with history. Museums, art galleries and more await you on Two-bit Street in Ogden.

by Donna M. Brown
A gypsy soul.

Ogden’s historic 25th street is a magical (albeit seedy) place for me. No doubt I’m drawn to whispers of secret tunnels, historic brick buildings bursting with juicy stories and the remnants of a once rebellious district well-known for its colorful characters and off-color history. The district earned the dubious designation of “Little Chicago”and it’s rumored even Al Capone found “Two-bit Street” too wild for him. There are plenty of nicknames for this little piece of paradise like, “Salt Lake City’s devious little sister,” and “Electric Alley.” Once home to famous bars, brothels, distilleries, gambling halls and gang rivalries, many credit the railroad for feeding a steady stream of thirsty connoisseurs to this troublesome neighborhood.

“In 1869, The Golden Spike brought together the first transcontinental railroad, roughly fifty miles to the northwest of Union Station, and created a boom town in Ogden,” according to a website dedicated to the now-popular eclectic tourist destination, www.historic25.com. “With no trouble from the law, a man could gamble, drink bootleg liquor, spend time with an unfamiliar lady, smoke opium, or befall a worse fate.” I’ve always been a bit of a rebel; yet, even I cannot swear I would seek out this street were the same true today.

The years have been kind to 25th Street in Ogden and despite it’s sordid past, the city has turned its history into a novelty and visitors come in droves to hear the stories told. Ogden has turned what was not all that long ago considered a slum district into a shining jewel that looks back on the past with humor and social reflection. Store fronts are refurbished, buildings shored, signs re-painted, streetlights replaced and once again 25th Street is a center of activity with a little different clientele. Today you will find:

  • boutiques
  • coffee shops
  • eateries
  • pubs
  • art galleries
  • notable architecture
  • professional offices
  • a beautiful park
  • historic monuments
  • frequent celebrations
  • and so much more!

A trip to Two-bit Street would not be complete without a visit to Union Station. When I was a child my grandmother bought tickets for my entire family to ride one of the last passenger trains out of Union Station to Rock Springs, Wyo. We at lunch in the dining car and watch scenery clack by. I remember details of that adventure that I was probably too young to have been able to recall; yet, the memory still feeds my love of trains and all things related.

Read about the old railroad ghost town of Modena, Utah here!

Union Station

Union Station, also known as Ogden Union Station, is a train station in Ogden, Utah, at the west end of Historic 25th Street, just south of the Ogden Intermodal Transit Center, 2501 Wall Ave, Ogden, UT 84401, photo by Donna M. Brown, All Rights Reserved.

All Aboard! Union Station Offers History, Art, Activities

Located on the West end of Ogden’

;s famous 25th Street, Union Station offers:

  • Utah State Railroad Museum
  • John M. Browning Firearms Museum
  • Browning – Kimball Classic Car Museum
  • Utah State Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
  • Gallery at the Station
  • Myra Powell Gallery featuring works by Utah artists

Learn all about Utah’s railroad history, see beautiful antique cars, check out art exhibits, enjoy the architecture of Union Station. This is a great place to visit!

While Ogden’s historic 25th Street is free to see, there is an entrance fee to Union Station’s museums and exhibits. Click here for Union Station ticket information.

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