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Generations of Ogdenites have grown up absorbing 25th Street’s legends of corruption, menace, and depravity. The rest of Utah has tended to judge Ogden—known in its first century as a “gambling hell” and tenderloin, and in recent years as a degraded skid row—by the street’s gaudy reputation. Present-day Ogden embraces the afterglow of 25th Street’s decadence and successfully promotes it to tourists. In the same preservationist spirit as Denver’s Larimer Square, today’s 25th Street is home to art galleries, fine dining, live theater, street festivals, mixed-use condominiums, and the Utah State Railroad Museum.

25th Street Confidential
traces Ogden’s transformation from quiet hamlet to chaotic transcontinental railroad junction as waves of non-Mormon fortune seekers swelled the city’s population. The street’s outsized role in Ogden annals illuminates larger themes in Utah and U.S. history. Most significantly, 25th Street was a crucible of Mormon-Gentile conflict, especially after the non-Mormon Liberal Party deprived its rival, the People’s Party, of long-standing control of Ogden’s municipal government in 1889. In the early twentieth-century the street was targeted in statewide Progressive Era reform efforts, and during Prohibition it would come to epitomize the futility of liquor abatement programs.

This first full-length treatment of Ogden’s rowdiest road spotlights larger-than-life figures whose careers were entwined with the street: Mayor Harman Ward Peery, who unabashedly filled the city treasury with fees and fines from vicious establishments; Belle London, the most successful madam in Utah history; and Rosetta Ducinnie Davie, the heiress to London’s legacy who became a celebrity on the street, in the courts, and in the press. Material from previously unexploited archives and more than one hundred historic photos enrich this narrative of a turbulent but unforgettable street.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Ogden Envy
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2. Ogden Hosts
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. 3. Ogden Hostesses
  2. pp. 31-43
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  1. 4. Ogden Scrubbed
  2. pp. 44-56
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  1. 5. Ogden Parched
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. 6. Ogden Follies
  2. pp. 71-85
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  1. 7. Ogden Blushed
  2. pp. 86-100
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  1. 8. Ogden Shrugged
  2. pp. 101-115
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  1. 9. Ogden Renaissance
  2. pp. 116-130
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  1. Appendix B: “Report on Activities of This Date by Lt. D. B. Ballantyne, Detective Ray Clawson, and Detective Arlyn Garside,” January 7, 1950
  2. pp. 133-134
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  1. Appendix C: Judge John A. Hendricks’s admonition to Sheriff Mac Wade following a hearing on seized contraband in Second District Court, December 18, 1950
  2. pp. 135-137
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  1. Appendix D: Sheriff Mac Wade’s prepared statement in response to Judge Hendricks, published in the Ogden Standard-Examiner, December 20, 1950.
  2. pp. 138-140
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-182
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 183-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-202
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607812708
Related ISBN
9781607812685
MARC Record
OCLC
863158250
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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