OGDEN — Weber State University Special Collections will presents the Whistle Stop Tour, a series of lectures and exhibits dedicated to sharing the 150-year history of the transcontinental railroad coming through Ogden.
Held in collaboration with the Weber County Library and Union Station, the tour will examine the history of the transcontinental railroad.
In addition to lectures, the tour will include two exhibits. The first will feature photographs and stories about the impact of the railroad on Ogden. The exhibit will be available throughout February at the Weber County Library Southwest Branch, 2039 W. 4000 South, Roy.
The second will highlight photographs of the transcontinental railroad’s 50th anniversary celebration parade held in Ogden in 1919. This exhibit will be on display March-April at WSU’s Stewart Library, and throughout May at Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden.
The schedule of the lecture series will be as follows:
• “Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porters,” Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Weber County Library Pleasant Valley Branch , 5568 Adams Ave., Ogden: Debra Daniels and Sarah McClellan will share their families’ experiences working on the railroads.
• “How Ogden Became the Junction City and Why Salt Lake Never Forgave Us,” Monday, March 11, 7 p.m. WSU Hurst Center Dumke Legacy Hall, and Tuesday, March 12, 7 p.m., Weber County Library Southwest Branch, 2039 W. 4000 South, Roy: Historian Val Holley will share stories and insights into the train coming to Ogden and the impact the railroad had on the city’s development from 1869 to 1900.
• “Iron Ladies of the American Railroad,” Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m., Weber County Library Main Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden, and Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Weber County Library Southwest Branch, 2039 W. 4000 South, Roy: Sarah Singh, WSU Special Collections curator, and Holly Andrew, Union Station museum and program director, will share stories of the women who entered the world of railroading as clerks, laundresses, engineers and more.
• “The Train Comes to Ogden,” Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m., Weber County Library Ogden Valley Branch, 131 S. 7400 E., Huntsville: Former Standard-Examiner columnist Charles Trentelman will discuss the impact of the railroad on Ogden’s history and expansion.
• “Building Tracks to New Beginnings: Japanese Railroad Workers in the West,” Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m., Weber County Library North Branch, 475 E. 2600 North, Ogden: Judge Raymond Uno and Lorraine Crouse, University of Utah photograph curator, will examine the stories of Japanese men who came to the United States to help build the railroad and ended up staying and establishing “Japantowns” across the West.Comment on this story
• “Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroad,” Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m., Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden: Shelley Fishkin, Stanford University English professor, will discuss her research regarding Chinese railroad workers who helped build the transcontinental railroad.
• “Rails and Ales: Hell on Wheels,” Friday, May 10, 7 p.m., Union Grill, 315 24th St., Ogden: Dick Kreck, retired Denver Post reporter, will discuss his book “Hell on Wheels: Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad,” which inspired the AMC series “Hell on Wheels.”