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Ring Around the Rose

Ring Around the Rose is Repertory Dance Theatre‘s wiggle-friendly series of performances for children and families that explores the magical world of the arts, including dance, theatre, music, and storytelling.

May 14, 2022, 11 am

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City
(801) 355-2787

Union Pacific Railroad Station

The Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot is a spacious building located in the new Gateway District, next to the Jazz Basketball Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Built from 1908 to 1909 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Originally called the Union Station, it was jointly constructed by the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad and the Oregon Short Line, both later wholly owned by the Union Pacific at an estimated cost of $450,000. Both railroads’ initials were prominently displayed on the front of the building.

The sandstone building is constructed in French Second Empire style and includes a terrazzo floor and stained glass windows. One ceiling mural by San Francisco artist Harry Hopp depicts the driving of the Golden Spike north of Salt Lake City at “Promontory Summit” signifying the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Another mural by San Francisco artist John McQuarrie shows the 1847 arrival of Mormon pioneers to what is now Salt Lake City.

Several side rooms were originally used for separate male and female waiting areas. The depot once housed an emergency hospital, lunchroom, baggage rooms, and offices for both of the original railroads.

In January 2006, three floors of the old Union Pacific depot re-opened as a restaurant and music venue fittingly called The Depot. The Depot brings a wide variety of musical talent to Salt Lake City.

Union Pacific Depot
18 N Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Rio Grande Depot

Rio Art Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to gather and educate the community through their artwork.

Rio Grande Depot History

Rio Grande Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah, Art Gallery, GalleriesIt was a busy place – with the huffing of locomotives pulling in and out, the echoing hubbub of the grand lobby, steps hurrying across the marble floor, the calls of baggage handlers, passengers at the ticket counter, people chatting in the coffee shop.

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.

Rio Grande Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah, Art Galleries, GalleryThe 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. He succeeded, but the line cost twice as much as he had planned on–$75 million—and sucked his family’s fortune dry. He lost his railroad empire shortly after.

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Art Gallery Hours

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday; Closed Friday and Saturday

(801) 236-7555 – Arts & Museums Main Number
(801) 533-3592 – Museum Services

300 South Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-1104
(801) 236-7555