Historic Trolley Square
An icon to Salt Lake City, Trolley Square has been both a cultural and retail anchor for decades.
Welcome to Salt Lake City's Historic Trolley Square, the community-focused retail marketplace with a longstanding history within the city.
We suggest you start your visit at the Trolley Square History Museum, the spot where you can get all the details of the history of the Salt Lake Rail company and experience the workshop where blacksmiths and carpenters prepared trolley cars daily. You will learn all about how the first tracks were laid here in Salt Lake City in 1872, and how the railroad industry affected the city and its economy. More specifically, you will learn about how this 10-acre original plot of land turned from 10th Ward Square in 1888, to football exposition center, to trolley barns for railroad tycoon Harriman, to the merchant area you see today, originally modeled after San Francisco's Ghiradelli Square.
After you've learned all you can at the history museum do some shopping and dining, some popular shops being Pottery Barn, The Machine Age, Well Book Works, and much more. Next grab a bite to eat at any of the several onsite eateries such as Rodizio Grill, Old Spaghetti Factory, or Normal Ice Cream.
Be sure to try and save time for a Tower Tour, a 30-minute educational exploration of the 1908 Trolley Square Tower, the historic spot with the best views of downtown Salt Lake City, by far. This tower once held 50,000 gallons of water, but today it holds over 6,000 dazzling lights sparking up its spot on the city skyline!
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