We are open!

We opened this weekend, May 30th. Right now, our hours are

Friday 1pm to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 5pm

Our YELLOW LEVEL – LOW RISK Guidelines are:

1  Limit of 50 people in the park

2   Visitors must maintain a distance of 6 feet between family groups

3   Visitors are encouraged to wear masks to protect others

4   The depot and cars are closed until Tooele County reaches Green Level – New Normal

What is there to do at the Tooele Valley Museum?

1 Take our in park tour using the outdoor signs

2 Take our historical tour starting at the park and going down Vine Street

3 Visit our outdoor exhibits

4 Have a picnic! We have a pavillion and several tables scattered around the park

5 Paint or draw outside

6 Play a game in our beautiful park. We have suggestions placed throughout the park.

7 Go on one of our scavenger hunts! Ask for the paper at the front desk

8 Visit Engine 11! Go up inside a real steam engine and imagine what it was like to drive one

Inland Railway

One of the most obscure railroads in Utah’s history is the Inland Railway, a line built parallel to the Salt Lake Garfield and Western and north of the LASL/WP mainlines on the western edge of Salt Lake County. This railroad was built as an in plant operation to haul salt from the evaporation ponds in the area to the salt plant located near the Saltair resort. Much of the area the Inland Railway operated on is now buried underneath the Kennecott Tailing Ponds. The railroad was incredibly obscure, not being included in Stephen Carr’s Utah Ghost Rails, a book that is otherwise the seminal publication on long gone railroads in the state.Note the locomotive in the photo is a Salt Lake & Los Angeles locomotive (predecessor to SLGW), so it is up in the air if this is an SLGW train working on the Inland Railway, or a mislabeled caption instead. We got a few proper Inland photos to share later though.

by Jacob Lyman

Image: https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6hd86j0

Earthquake Update

Tooele City Parks Department thoroughly checked the museum this morning after the earthquake. There was only some minor cosmetic damage in the Foreman’s House. There was no damage to the collection or exhibits.

Thanks again to all the city employees and volunteers who have helped secure the collection over the last few years!

Museum Closed for Private Tours through May 29th

As a a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, we will not be conducting any private tours through March 29, 2020. We hope to open on schedule in May, but we will be postponing the Storytelling Jubilee until July.

Until then, we will be working with the parks department and library staff to bring you Boredom Busters and other quarantine friendly activities.

For updates on Tooele City’s response to COVID-19, please go to tooelecity.org.

A Very Merry Time!

A very merry time was had at the Polar Express Extravaganza. The museum teamed up with the library to bring this successful library event to the old train depot. We were able to make the  Metal Spiral Wreath event even more fun and add more activities. We created a light display on Engine 11, had activities and Christmas displays in the main building, created 2 photo spots, and served hot chocolate to all.

Engine 11
So much fun!
Our Monday Conductor, Isabel,
and Event Photographer, Brenda.
Wednesday Conductor, Lloyd, and Ken, both are Museum Advisory Board Members
The toy train was a big hit!