Tooele Valley Railroad Complex

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Tooele Valley Railroad Complex
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Tooele Valley Railway #11 at the museum in 2018 after a fresh snowfall.
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Location35 N. Broadway, Tooele, Utah
Coordinates 40°31′52″N112°17′17″W / 40.53111°N 112.28806°W / 40.53111; -112.28806 Coordinates: 40°31′52″N112°17′17″W / 40.53111°N 112.28806°W / 40.53111; -112.28806
Area2.1 acres (0.85 ha)
Built1909-1910
NRHP reference No. 84002426 [1]
Added to NRHPMay 17, 1984

The Tooele Valley Railroad Complex, 35 N. Broadway in Tooele, Utah, dates from 1909. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. [1]

Deck restoration on the Tooele Valley Railway depot in the museum in 2019. Tooele Valley Railway Depot deck restoration.jpg
Deck restoration on the Tooele Valley Railway depot in the museum in 2019.

The complex is currently operated as the Tooele Valley Museum and Historic Park (formerly Tooele Valley Railroad Museum and prior to that as the Tooele County Museum). Opened in 1983, the museum is operated by the city and features preserved locomotives, equipment and artifacts from the Tooele Valley Railway, International Smelting and Refining Company, and other railroad & mining artifacts. [2]

The complex is significant for its historic role in conversion of Tooele from a farming-based to an industrial town. The railroad depot was the headquarters of the Tooele Valley Railway; and is the most significant surviving artifact with association to the smelter east of Tooele that operated from 1910 to 1972. [3]

The listing included three contributing buildings and four contributing objects. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. "Tooele Valley Railroad Museum". Explore Utah's Tooele County. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  3. Orrin P. Miller (December 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Tooele Valley Railroad Complex". National Park Service. and accompanying five photos from 1983-84