OGDEN, Utah – Biographer and independent historian Val Holley will discuss the subject of his new book, the shady history of Ogden’s infamous 25th Street, on Oct. 18 and Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
The first event, a reading sponsored by the Friends of the Stewart Library, will be held at the Ben Lomond Suites in downtown Ogden, 2510 Washington Blvd. A book signing will follow the reading.
The second event will be held in the Lindquist Alumni Center on campus. The lecture is a part of the Weber Historical Society’s Fall 2013 Lecture Series and is sponsored by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, the Department of History and the WSU Alumni Association.
In 1869, the railroads converged at the west end of 25th Street. The population boomed with travelers and vagrants brought in by the trains. Their rowdy actions led to the street’s reputation for depravity, self-indulgence and questionable morals. In his lectures, Holley will reveal Historic 25th Street’s sordid past from gambling to bootlegging to prostitution.
Holley is the author of two biographies: “James Dean: The Biography” and “Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip.” His newest book, “25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation along Ogden’s Rowdiest Road,” is new on store shelves this month.
“The shortest route from the railroad depot to town came to be known as 5th Street, and after 1889, 25th Street,” Holley said. “It was the red carpet to Ogden’s wealth of diversions, libations and anonymous encounters.”
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