SALT LAKE CITY — "The Need for Speed: Celebrating the Rio Grande Depot's 100 Years" is the theme of this year's annual Utah State History Conference, Sept. 9-11.

The main events this year will be held at the Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande St., instead of the Salt Lake City Library, to better focus on the main theme. All events are free (except the Pony Express driving tour) and open to the public.

Historian Will Bagley begins the conference on Thursday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m., with a lecture on "Wilson McCarthy and the Rescue of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in Utah."

The presenting of the annual history awards will follow.

"One Building's Life: A History of the Salt Lake City's Rio Grande Depot," by Brandon Johnson, will begin Friday's presentations, from 9 to 10:15 a.m.

"Ogden's 25th Street: The Spaces of which Legends are Made," by Linda Roybal, will be heard at 10:30 a.m.

"The Pony Express Trail," by Pat Hearty and Joe Hatch, will be presented in a separate session at 10:30 a.m.

There will also be more than two dozen other Utah history topics addressed on Sept. 10, until 4:45 p.m. at the Rio Grande Depot.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, a free public tour of the Utah State Capitol will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The seismic stabilization and various rooms with their historical preservation will be outlined for visitors.

A $60 bus tour and lunch tour will also be offered on Sept. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the Pony Express Trail to Simpson Springs.

For a compete schedule of the 2010 Utah State History Conference, go to or call 801-533-3500.

— Lynn Arave