If you’ve ever been to lower 25th Street in Ogden, you might have noticed a parking lot across the street from the Union Station, behind some of the shops between Wall and Lincoln with a street sign that says Electric Alley.
Odd name for a street that runs through a parking lot! However, people who aren’t familiar with 25th Street’s wild history don’t know that it’s a nod to part of Ogden’s wild past; the red light district.
Electric Alley was actually one block east of the currently named street / parking lot. The original Electric Alley ran east to west, from Grant Ave to Lincoln Ave, between 24th and 25th Streets. It was “hidden” behind the respectable businesses lining 25th Street. Heading west on 25th Street you could slip into a narrow, dark walkway between the Davenport Saloon and the London Ice Cream Parlor and exit onto Electric Alley.