Traces and Memories of the U.I.C.

A Brief History of the Utah Idaho Central Railroad (U.I.C.) with Footage and Images

This video reviews the history and impact of the Utah-Idaho Central Railroad. Taken from the Charles Smiley Presents® film Electric Rails of Utah, it provides actual footage and photographs from the U.I.C. in many areas in northern Utah. The film can be found for purchase at: https://cspmovies.com/?page=1. A copy is also available for viewing in Special Collections & Archives at the Merrill-Cazier Library of Utah State University.

(Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections & Archives, Media MEDIA COLL 2 no. 86)

David Eccles as mayor of Ogden, Utah, 1887–1888
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(Utah Division of Archives and Records Service, Utah State Archives, Ogden [Utah] City Recorder Mayors Photographs, Series 27746, Box 1, Folder 2, David Eccles [1887–1888] http://images.archives.utah.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/27746/id/39/rec/6)

At the turn of the twentieth century, David Eccles had an idea that would forever change the affairs of Ogden and Cache Valley, Utah and Idaho. Beginning in 1900, he and his associates created a company that would expand and develop into the lands and hearts of the people living in Ogden, Preston, and the many other communities in between. For forty-seven years, its trains and buses shaped the daily life of individuals, businesses, organizations, and local governments within an increasingly connected nation and world. From the beginnings of the two Rapid Transit Companies to the establishment of the O.L.I and then the U.I.C., the operation of the railroad permanently influenced the towns and cities it serviced, and it left a lasting memory that continues today.

A Herald Journal PDF layout titled “Unearthed” with information regarding the history of the railroad as well as artifacts discovered during a recent construction project on Center Street in Logan
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(The Herald Journal, “Unearthed: Center Street project exposes long-buried Logan trolley tracks,” 8/6/2019, https://www.hjnews.com/news/local/unearthed-center-street-project-exposes-long-buried-logan-trolley-tracks/article_0345f2fc-6c7b-5f46-84a1-158fa3033633.html)
[1] See page 9, “Stations and Records,” for details on the locations and modern uses of previous Utah-Idaho Central Railroad stations.
[2] Carr, 30–32.
[3] Swett, 79–82. Note that this is a hypothetical trip without any stops; a normal trip would take longer as previously discussed.