NOTORIOUS TWO-BIT STREET is a history of three city blocks in the midst of a Mormon community in Ogden, Utah, that were dramatically infected with vice, crime, immorality, gambling, and drinking, following the arrival of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. The Mormons had immigrated to Utah to escape the persecution they had suffered in three previous locations on the frontier, finally settling in the western wilderness, believing they would be free of the evils of the past. Now they were saddled with social misfits who sought a place where lawless pursuits could be practiced without fear of prosecution.
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About the Author
The author, Lyle J. Barnes, JD, is a 43-year hostage of a history started in 1966. Trying to avoid boring historical subjects in the task of writing a master's thesis, he opened up a Pandora's Box of facts and data filed away in newspapers, police reports, and the memories of the people who lived the saga of Two-Bit Street. He has been quoted in history books and sought by professors and others to clarify and give enlightenment about the Street's colorful past. Kind of like a chronic itch, his need to share this revealing history has been permanently scratched.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Barnes isn't the kind of historian that writes a page turner, but he has written a good account of 25th street and everything it has gone through.
I grew up in Ogden during the '50s. My father worked on the trains and I often went to Union Station to pick him up, with my mother. I was told that 25th street was a bad place and not to ever venture down there. We did however often eat at the Star Noodle Parlor. What I found interesting were the familiar names in the book.My dad's hunting partner and my mom's cousin were mentioned. It appeared that Mr. Barnes has made a lifetime projest out of this book, starting with his USU thesis. I enjoyed the storyline and the "walking tour" and plan to share the book with my older sister. S Faulkner