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The Exchange Building
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created by Dr.Jav In Wonderland on 11/11/2004 1:35 PM
last modified by Impfac on 2/2/2014 9:22 AM
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The building has been physically cut of all electric power (literally; see the hanging wires on the building's west side, outside wall). It appears to have no real apparatus noticed for alarms, but there are mobile homes very near by the north side that may have neighborhood watch, a care taker, or such. The inside is quite clean despite its demise, most likely swept up by the realitors for potential buyer tours. All the doors have been taken off the frames througout the builiding, many radiators have been dismantled and placed in the atrium's west side, and even the plumbing and flush-handles on the toilets have been removed and capped. There is a lot of old telephone (good 'ol Mountain Bell) equipment and circuit boards mounted about. I'm sure with livestock trading activity it had to demand a high amount of telephone communication traffic. If there were any computers here, I'm sure it was very basic TTY / paper or ticker tape machines connected to dedicated phone lines. There is some tagging spray-painted on the inner walls and there is very little vandalization other than most of the upper-floor windows have been broken completely out. But for the most part, the building in this neighborhood for being abandoned for 34 years is in amazing shape.

I can mentally picture many rancher business men and cowboy-dressed types that would come in and out wheeling & dealing livestock business. All the livestock yards around the rail yards and the sound of roaring trains and horns in the near distance. What a vision! ...and I'm sure the smell of pigs, goats, and sheep dominated the whole area as well.
Update: The building has power, and has for the past 5 years. Vandals broke all the light fictures. The power lines seen where the power source for the coliseum that burned down. Also the building has not been abandoned for 34 years. Only 19 years. Weber Co. Mental Health used the building. If you received a DUI in the 80's, this was the building you have to take a responsible drinking class in, and it was also a methadone (sp?) clinic in the 80's.

The building had modern cat5 wiring installed while Weber County used it, and according to the phone company we have a 900 pair and 600 pair phone cables leading to the building. There are 15 phone patch panels have have been vandalized over the years. In the 30's this building housed Western Union Telegraph and the Postal Telegraph. Through the years this building was a key communications hub, but not anymore.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
586 W Exchange Road
Ogden, Utah
United States
Owner: Reardon Leasing, LLC
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • water
  • There is a well that supplied the building with water. An unknowning person can fall in it.
  •  Interesting Features
    Browsing through the inside of the atrium of the building, all the markings are brands for sheep, goats, cattle, and a variety of livestock. I'm sure those in the livestock trading business knew what they all meant or to whom they belonged.

    The building is currently for sale. It's in bad condition, but still quite rennovatable. It appears to have a solid, concrete frame with outer brick walls on all 4 sides. I haven't noticed any serious cracks in the foundation or the walls. It doesn't have an elevator (that we've found). Most of the electric and phone lines run in conduits about the outer walls of offices and hallways. The building is in such a rotton neighborhood now though, I don't know what business could revive and use it. Ogden's downtown area itself has been a mess too since the huge Ogden City Mall that occupied virtually 4 city blocks was completely torn down in 2003.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • razor wire
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • Neighborhood watch could call police, also could be shot by neighbors across the street on south side.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1930
    Closed: 1988
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  •  Recommended Equipment
    Flashlight and camera with good flash
    Throughout their entire history, livestock sales at Ogden Union Stock Yards were conducted both by public auction and by what was called "private treaty," or closed-commission sales. Changes affecting the meat-packing industry nationwide also affected Ogden. The auction activity slowly declined in the decade prior to the late 1960s, and closed-commission sales ended at Ogden in December 1967. The stockyards closed on January 31, 1971. Within a year, the stockyards and all adjacent property, including the Coliseum and Exchange buildings, were sold to Weber County by the parent company, Denver Union Stock Yards. On January 4, 1972, a new company, the Weber Livestock Auction Co., began auction sales on a much smaller scale at the Ogden stockyards, leasing the facilities from Weber County. The sale of sheep remained for another couple years, with Southern Pacific moving its last carloads of sheep in April 1973. Weber County used the building until 1988. They sold the building in 1999, then it was again sold in 2000, again in 2005. The stockyard auctions still run every Tuesday and Thursday.
     Media Coverage
    "....To promote this industry and the city’s growing stature in that field with the completion of the stockyards, the Ogden Livestock Show was organized in 1918 as a new auctioning center for the region’s ranchers, growers, and livestock brokers. A specialized auction facility, known as the Golden Spike Coliseum, was completed in 1923, and the Ogden Livestock Show was re-named the Golden Spike National Livestock Show.[6] An office building located at the stockyards, known as the Exchange Building, was completed in 1930 as a central location for transacting livestock business.[7]"

    "[7] "Remember When" Ogden Standard Examiner, September 10, 1980. The Exchange Building at Ogden Union Stockyards was begun in September 1930. The contractor was George Whitmeyer & Sons. Cost was to be $100,000."
    Update: Cost is not correct. It cost 1.3 million to build. The cost listed is for the small coliseum office building that burned down in the 90's. The Standard Examiner is not known for printing correct information.
     Future Plans
    I hope this building is purchased by some good owners. It would be a waste to see this historic place go to further destruction. (I believe it's on the local register of historic places; so at least it may be a little bit safe with that.)
    I am the new owner of the building. The use of the building is dependant on what Ogden city will allow us to do. It's located in a M2 zone which is for manufacturing only. But we've started renovation on the building and hope people will stay out. It's currently not on any historical registers, but we are working to correct that.

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