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Ogden history documented by local authors in photos, prose

Published: Saturday, Nov. 3 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

"Legendary Locals of Ogden" is by Sarah Langsdon and Melissa Johnson. (Arcadia Publishing)

"OGDEN'S TROLLEY DISTRICT," by Shalae Larsen and Sue Wilkerson, Arcadia Publishing, $21.99, 126 pages (nf); "LEGENDARY LOCALS OF ODGEN," by Sarah Langsdon and Melissa Johnson, Arcadia Publishing, $21.99, 124 pages (nf)

Ogden’s Trolley District,” by Shalae Larsen and Sue Wilkerson, and "Legendary Locals of Ogden,” by Sarah Langsdon and Melissa Johnson, document with photos and prose two complementary historical aspects of Ogden.

“Ogden’s Trolley District” is one of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, and documents this piece of local history with photos from the late 1800s to the present day, along with brief commentary.

“Today the city is considering the possibility of building a modern streetcar system,” write the authors. “Perhaps someday soon, streetcars will once again roll along the streets of the Trolley District.”

"Images of America: Ogden's Trolley District" is by Shalae Larsen and Sue Wilkerson. (Arcadia Publishing)

The book is divided into six sections: “Crossroads of the West,” which includes a map of the original trolley routes; “Ogden’s Streetcar Neighborhood,” “Trolley District Architecture,” featuring distinctive heritage homes, from log cabins to mansions; “Builders of the Trolley District and the Nation,” and “The Trolley District Today.” A brief bibliography is included.

Larsen is the principal landscape architect for IO Design Collaborative in Ogden; Wilkerson is a real estate broker with offices in the historic Heber Scowcroft mansion in Ogden.

“Legendary Locals of Ogden,” also published by Arcadia Publishing, highlights Ogden citizens of note — both famous and infamous, beginning with pioneer family portraits from the mid-1800s to the present-day.

Conductors pose with an Ogden Canyon streetcar before departure. Reprinted with permission from Conductors pose with an Ogden Canyon streetcar before departure. Reprinted with permission from "Images of America: Ogden's Trolley District" by Shalae Larsen and Sue Wilkerson. (Provided by Arcadia Publishing)

From the first families to settle Ogden such as Dee, Eccles, Rich, Wheelwright and Scowcroft to the more contemporary McKays and Osmonds, the short history glitters with names and photos.

Forces and personalities that influenced Ogden’s history from the building of the first railroad through world wars to the present are documented in photos and brief descriptive paragraphs. Businesses and their owners are featured.

The book is organized by topics that include businessmen, public servants, educators, military, local and national leaders, women’s organizations and culture and recreation groups and their leaders.

Authors Langsdon and Johnson give credit to several Ogden historians, including Richard Roberts, Richard Sadler, Milton R. Hunter and Ogden newspaper archives, as their research and writing resources. The book contains a brief bibliography and index.

The Union Pacific roundhouse was built to service the massive locomotive engines powering the cross-country fleet. This image is from around 1945 and shows the Union Pacific Steam Engine No. 4017SIMP, Big Boy class designation, on the turntable. (Provided by Arcadia Publishing) The Union Pacific roundhouse was built to service the massive locomotive engines powering the cross-country fleet. This image is from around 1945 and shows the Union Pacific Steam Engine No. 4017SIMP, Big Boy class designation, on the turntable. (Provided by Arcadia Publishing)

A main source of photos for both books is The Stewart Library Special Collections at Weber State University, where Langsdon and Johnson are employed. In addition, photos from the Union Station Photograph Library were used in “Ogden’s Trolley District.”

Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street, Springville. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at dramaticdimensions.com.

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