602 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, UT, 84102
The management office is located under Weller Book Works. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.
Phone: 801-521-9877 | Security is available 24/7 | Mon - Sat 10 am to 9 pm, Sun 12 pm to 5 pm
Museum Hours: Thur & Fri 5 pm to 9 pm | Restaurant and Holiday Hours May Vary.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT TROLLEY SQUARE
Trolley History Museum at Trolley Square
Wonder through the interactive history of the Salt Lake Rail Company. Experience the workshop where blacksmiths and carpenters prepared the trolley cars. Purchase your Trolley Square bags, t-shirts, and hats in the gift shop. Take a stop in the Kid's Play Area and design the next fun LED light show for the Trolley Square water tower!
Central City Historic District
Utah Light and Railway Co. Car Barns (Trolley Square)
Salt Lake City was one of the first cities in the U.S. to introduce a trolley car syste, electrifying its first line in 1889. Railroad magnate E. H. Harriman purchased a controlling interest in Utah Light Railway Company with plans to build a state-of-the-art trolley system as a model for the world. He invested $3.5 million in this site, constructing the unusual mission-style car barn complex during 1908-1910. The largest building was used as the berth for the trolleys. The middle building served as the machine or "rip" shop and blacksmith shop. The north building was the paint and carpenter shop. The smallest east building was the sand house. The water tower was designed to hold 50,000 gallons of water in case of fire.
The railway venture operated out of this location until August 19, 1945, after which Salt Lake City buses were housed here until 1970. Trolley Square was one of the first large-scale adaptive reuse projects in the country when the historic buildings were converted into a festival marketplace. Relics from around the west were rescued and installed as accent pieces. Trolley Square opened on June of 1972.
The National Register of Historic Places. Division of State History, placed a marker in 1997 in recognition of Trolley Square's 25th Anniversary.