Rio Grande Depot

300 S Rio Grande St
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
The Rio Grand Depot opened in 1911  as a grand entry into a city that had almost doubled in population in the previous ten years. And what an entry it was! Large and beautiful, in the tradition of major train stations, the depot must have wowed new arrivals. Built for $750,000, the depot was the main jewel of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad—and a worthy challenge to new Union Pacific Depot, which cost a mere $300,000. Railroads were big business in those days. And a fierce competition raged between the D&RGW’s George Gould and UP’s E. H. Harriman. The main Rio Grande line ran to Denver through Carbon County and Grand Junction. Spur lines ran to several mining areas and to Ogden. But the Union Pacific controlled the rail traffic to the Pacific. So George Gould decided to build his own line to San Francisco.

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