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Ogden History | 25th Street

10/18/2017 | Candace Mau
Kerri Fukui

We’ve waxed philosophic a’plenty about how beloved we find these briny boulevards to be, but Salt Lake is far from the only spot in this state boastin’ streets worth a shout. One such instance is 25th Street, the city center of our neighbor to the north, Ogden. 

In its current state, 25th Street is equal parts "small-town-picturesque" and "budding cultural epicenter", but this avenue has a whole-lot-of history behind it, beginning with a slightly more sordid inception in 1869. While a large part of the state got off to a saintly-start, Ogden sprouted up around the first transcontinental railroad, meaning more sinful establishments soon followed, earning 25th the moniker “Two-Bit Street”. The street retained its sinful-sobriquet until the 50s when Mayor Lorin Farr led a citywide crime-reduction effort that largely rid 25th of its less desirable institutions. However, it wasn’t until the 70s and 80s that the street was transformed into its breezy, scenic self. A branding company was hired and set to work on revitalizing shop-windows. Facades were restored to their original glory. Trees were planted. Street lights installed.

AND, WHAT WAS ONCE A DISTRICT OF DEBAUCHERY BECAME AN OH-SO-LOVELY CITY CENTER.

Today, 25th is offering up all-manner-of-attractions in spades. Think: a Farmer's Market, an abundance of festivals, and blocks chock-full of bistros and boutiques (all worth popping into). And, fall weather means this sunny street is well worth a stroll, now more than ever.

Cider in hand, reveling in
just how sweet life can be.

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