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American West Heritage Center

The American West Heritage Center sits at the foot of the majestic Wellsville Mountains on U. S. Highway 89/91 in Utah’s magnificent Cache Valley, the most scenic route to Jackson Hole, WY and Yellowstone National Park, and just 70 miles north of Salt Lake City.  A non-profit living history museum located in beautiful Wellsville, UT. The AWHC covers 1820-1920 using four Historic Sites: A Shoshone Encampment, Mountain Man Encampment, Pioneer Settlement, and 1917 Jensen Historic Farm. Beginning in mid-June 2009 AWHC will also interpret the impact the Railroad had in Cache Valley using a train visitors can ride. We also have Festivals, such as Baby Animal Days, and Special Events, such as our Corn Maze.

Includes the Jensen Historical Farm, an authentic 1917 farm where visitors can learn about farming in the early 20th century; and the Pioneer Era Area (1845-70), which describes homesteading and life in a dugout or log cabin. There are also depictions of life in American Indian villages and the military. Allow 2 hours. The seasonal festivals (special fees apply), held several times a year, feature arts and crafts demonstrations and Western re-enactments, competitions, music, and food.

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Fremont Indian State Park & Museum

3820 W Clear Creek Canyon Road
Sevier, UT 84766  (435) 527-4631

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This video discusses the Fremont people and their culture. Learn about the rock art, artifacts, and mysteries they left behind. You will also discover the many recreational resources and outdoors opportunities available to the entire family.

Fremont Indian State Park & Museum Official Website 
3820 W Clear Creek Canyon Road
Sevier, UT 84766  (435) 527-4631

Rio Grande Depot

300 South Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-1104
(801) 236-7555

Rio Art Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to gather and educate the community through their artwork.

Rio Grande Depot History

Rio Grande Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah, Art Gallery, GalleriesIt was a busy place – with the huffing of locomotives pulling in and out, the echoing hubbub of the grand lobby, steps hurrying across the marble floor, the calls of baggage handlers, passengers at the ticket counter, people chatting in the coffee shop.

Built for $750,000, the depot was the main jewel of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad—and a worthy challenge to new Union Pacific Depot, which cost a mere $300,000. Railroads were big business in those days. And a fierce competition raged between the D&RGW’s George Gould and UP’s E. H. Harriman.

Rio Grande Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah, Art Galleries, GalleryThe main Rio Grande line ran to Denver through Carbon County and Grand Junction. Spur lines ran to several mining areas and to Ogden. But the Union Pacific controlled the rail traffic to the Pacific. So George Gould decided to build his own line to San Francisco. He succeeded, but the line cost twice as much as he had planned on–$75 million—and sucked his family’s fortune dry. He lost his railroad empire shortly after.

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Art Gallery Hours

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday; Closed Friday and Saturday

(801) 236-7555 – Arts & Museums Main Number
(801) 533-3592 – Museum Services

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Candlelight Christmas

It’s hard to describe the magic of Candlelight Christmas. We’d like you to experience it! The Village is decorated like a Currier & Ives card, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time when you join us for this enchanting event.

You’ll enjoy a visit with Father Christmas and see real live reindeer (taking a break from their duties at the North Pole)! In the quiet of the Village the live Nativity scene is sure to touch the hearts of young and old alike. The Heritage Village Carolers return each year for an encore presentation, providing an inspiring backdrop to the glitter of lights, the glow of warm fires and the smells of Christmas.

Take home a little bit of Christmas by joining in the fun of making crafts and homemade decorations in one of the decorated historic homes or pioneer cabins. And you can save all your holiday shopping for your visit to the Park. The Gift Shop at the Visitors Center and the ZCMI Mercantile have Salt Lake’s best selection of unique, all-occasion gifts for everyone on your list!

Observe a Christmas like the pioneers did – quieter, simpler, fun for all. Make Candlelight Christmas part of your cherished family traditions. Bundle up and join us for an event you’ll be talking about for years to come! Now that’s a family memory!

Saltair

Saltair Pavilion Salt Lake City, Utah Music ConcertsIntended from the beginning as the Western counterpart to Coney Island, Saltair was one of the first amusement parks, and for a time was the most popular family destination west of New York.  The first Saltair pavilion and a few other buildings were destroyed by fire on April 22, 1925. A new pavilion was built and the resort was expanded at the same location by new investors, but several factors prevented the second Saltair from achieving the success of its ancestor.

Saltair Pavilion Salt Lake City, Utah Music Concerts

The advent of motion pictures and radio, the Great Depression, and the interruption of the “go to Saltair” routine kept people closer to home. With a huge new dance floor – the world’s largest at the time – Saltair became more known as a dance palace, the amusement park becoming secondary to the great traveling bands of the day, such as Glenn Miller.

The Great SaltAir
12408 W Saltair Dr. Magna, UT 84044
(801) 250-6205
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Trees of Diversity Exhibit

For seven years the Utah Cultural Celebration Center has featured a holiday tree exhibit that overflows from the Celebration Gallery, and throughout the entire facility. Each year the number of groups involved, including arts, cultural, non-profit and commercial, has grown and grown. The purpose of this exhibit is to bring the community together in the celebration of various holiday traditions not only from different countries but from different religious backgrounds and various family or community traditions. The tree is used as a sign of friendship and is used to display the art and artifacts representing the richness of our community traditions.Trees of Diversity, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley Utah

This year the Trees of Diversity exhibition will have over 25 trees and holiday scenes created by various community and ethnic groups. Included are Amish, Honduran, American Indian, Chilean, Peruvian and other South American countries, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Africa, Hawaii, Scotland and others. The Cultural Center will also be displaying artifacts and other historical items from around the world, along with art pieces, nativities, nutcrackers, gingerbread houses, special holiday “store window” scenes, sculptures and wreaths. Two special displays will highlight holiday traditions in both the Jewish and Muslim communities, and the 100+ Dolls from Around the World collection will once again be on display.

Helping kick off the exhibit is SongFest! a night of musical entertainment for everyone. Scheduled to perform are Christmas Bell Ringers, The Beehive Statesmen, The Salt Lake Men’s Choir and the West Valley Symphony. The magical sights and sounds of the holidays are sure to get the whole family ready to celebrate this special time of year, and to learn about other holiday traditions from around the world.

Life On The Farm

Wheeler Farm Historic, Landmark, Salt Lake City, County, Family, Children's Activities, Petting Zoo, FarmAs a public park, Wheeler Historic Farm is open everyday during daylight hours to walk the farm and visit the animals.

Wheeler Historic Farm is a Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation facility, open to the public 365 days a year.

There is NO ADMISSION FEE to enter the grounds. No fees charged for activities such as wagon rides, milking the cow and special events.

Wheeler Historic Farm is a working farm and the animals serve an agricultural purpose. They have cows, horses, chickens, pigs, sheep, turkeys, goats and rabbits. They are not trained, or domesticated and are they pets. You are welcome to pet the animals, please do so with caution.

Wheeler Farm
6351 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84121 (385) 468-1755

Free Golden Spike Park Days

Golden Spike Historical Site, Railroad, Trains, UtahGolden Spike National Historic Site is a U.S. National Historic Site located at Promontory Summit, north of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It commemorates the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad where the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad met on May 10, 1869.

Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.