FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2010
Exhibit: Celebrating 100 Years of the Rio Grande Depot
The Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City turns 100 years old this year.
In celebration of this extraordinary building, Utah State History will
host an exhibit of seldom-seen artifacts from the state’s collections.
The exhibit will run August 20 to September 11, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday
through Thursday at the Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, SLC. It will
also be open for the Gallery Stroll on August 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. and
for a public reception on September 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
“This is a chance for people to revisit some of this building’s
stories,” says Philip F. Notarianni, State History director and
exhibit curator. “The Rio Grande Depot played a large role in Utah and
in people’s lives. Immigrants first arrived through this station;
soldiers departed for war and returned to loved ones; business people
traveled through here; tourists arrived to sightsee or visit family. The
Depot was the airport of its day.”
The exhibit will include train schedules, a shoeshine stand, barber
chair, old menus-both for train passengers and for patrons of the coffee
shop-and more. Stunning 1910 photographs by the Shipler studio will show
how the building looked during construction and after it became a busy
The Rio Grande Depot now houses the Utah Division of State History, the
Research Center of State History and State Archives, the Visual and
Public Art programs and Rio Gallery of the Division of Arts and Museums,
and the Rio Grande Cafe.
For more information about the exhibit or about the 58th Annual Utah
State History Conference on September 9-11, visit
http://history.utah.gov, or call Lynette Lloyd at 801.533.3553.
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State History preserves and shares history through the Utah Historical
Quarterly, Utah State Historical Society, historic preservation
programs, a history research center, collections management, assistance
with ancient human remains, archaeology programs, and oral history
support. State History is a division of the Utah Department of Community
and Culture (ww