OGDEN — Historic 25th Street is once again putting its name on the map.
Independent financial services company National Life Group recently selected Historic 25th Street to represent Utah in its 2016 Main Streets Across America roundup — “a celebration of streets in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that reflect strong ‘main street values,’ play a central role in the communities in which they are located and have great stories to tell,” according to a news release.
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Historic 25th Street, with its railroad past, has a deep history of being one of Utah's scariest, more risqué places — a popular location for gambling, prostitution and narcotic sales in the early 20th century. Now, it's been completely revitalized and is home to art galleries, cafes, shopping and numerous festivals.
National Life Group says Ogden, especially Historic 25th Street, is anything but the traditional image people may have of Utah.
“The Ogden area attracts droves of visitors, and many head out to go skiing, canoeing or kayaking, mountain hiking, fishing or exploring some of the nearby national parks,” according to National Life Group’s website. “But 25th Street offers its own rich array of attractions, from diverse and colorful shopping and some of Utah’s best dining to lively nightlife. Popular events include downtown’s monthly First Friday Art Stroll and free Jazz at the Station each Wednesday. Stroll down historic 25th Street, and you’ll discover the vibrancy and fun of a community that treasures its colorful past — and has built a magnetic, thriving present.”
According to the release, the 2016 Main Streets Across America were chosen based on four main categories of community attributes:
- Strong local business presence
- Community gathering spots and scenic vistas
- Celebrations of history and traditions and reflections of civic pride
- Diverse social and cultural events and activities
“The history and architecture add to the street's charm, with the most complete contiguous collection of turn-of-the-century commercial architecture in Utah,” according to the American Planning Association. “The street remains a symbol of the impact of the transcontinental railroad in Ogden as the junction between the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads.”