Series: PBS Utah Productions
It was known as Utah’s “Second City,” but in the hearts of those who lived there in the decade of the ‘50s, Ogden was definitely number one. Dozens of passenger and freight trains arrived and departed the “Junction City” every day, making Union Station a happening place. So, too, was nearby 25th Street. At the beginning of the decade, “two-bit” street was still famous (or was it infamous?) for what went on in and above the many bars and other establishments. When you got to Washington Boulevard, everything was very up-town, including the elegant Ben Lomond Hotel, famous for “Top-of-the-Town” dining and dancing. Businesses flourished, with top of the line clothing stores like Fred M. Nye and L.R. Samuels. Touring big bands played the Berthana and White City Ballrooms. Rodeos and parades attracted Ogdenites and out-of-towners alike, and the rivalry between the three high schools was intense.
Host Ted Capener takes viewers on a delightful journey back in time to Ogden in the 1950s, featuring archival footage and personal anecdotes from residents who remember the era best.