The Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10th, 1869 at Promontory Summit in Box Elder County. From there railroading in the Beehive State took off. Ogden soon became known as the Crossroads of the West, with as many as five railroads terminating at the Union Station at any one time. Three major Transcontinentals called Utah home. A myriad of interurbans, short lines and narrow gauges spread out to the nooks and crannies of the Wasatch Range in search of commerce. Many were well known, others remained in the shadows, and the D&RG was one of them.
About Desert Empire
"Desert Empire" comes from a 1941 travelogue documentary produced by the Denver & Rio Grande Western, dealing with the line's Utah route from Grand Junction, Colorado to Ogden, Utah. The title fittingly represents Utah's railroad history.
Please check out the Desert Empire Project, my blog documenting remnants of the Rio Grande, its influences on Utah railroading, and snippets of history:
To navigate, click the links on the sidebar. If there is an arrow head to the side, click on it to view sub-pages.
To watch Desert Empire, click here: http://www.archive.org/details/DesertEm1948
Do you have something to contribute?
Questions, comments, and concerns are always welcome. Did I cite something wrong? Is there a mistake in my research?
In addition, I welcome any historical photographs, anecdotes, stories, documents, tall tales or such in relation to any of the topics already on this site. If you wish to contribute, please contact me at desertempiresite (AT) gmail (DOT) com (please insert the appropriate punctuation in place of the parentheses). Be sure to put "Desert Empire" and the nature of your message in the subject line, otherwise I won't open it.
What's new with Desert Empire?
Right now, everything. This site was started in September 2011 and for the most part is still under construction. There are a few bugs and inconsistencies to be worked out, but hopefully these will be gone soon.
Site Last Updated: October 14, 2012
Happy new year! I am somewhat proud to announce that this site has been listed in Don Strack's page of links over at Utahrails.net.
Added link to the Desert Empire Project blog.
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