Trolley Square

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Trolley Square
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
United States
Coordinates40°45′26″N 111°52′20″W / 40.7573°N 111.8721°W / 40.7573; -111.8721Coordinates: 40°45′26″N 111°52′20″W / 40.7573°N 111.8721°W / 40.7573; -111.8721
Opening date1972
Weather forecast tower at Trolley Square

Trolley Square is a partially enclosed shopping center located in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It is considered to be a trendy high-end center.[1] The center is near downtown Salt Lake City and the UTA TRAX light-rail system.



Trolley Square is composed of barns that were built in 1908[2] to house Salt Lake City's streetcars. The streetcar system was dismantled in 1945, and the barns were converted into a two-story shopping center in 1972. The center is noted for its unusual architecture consisting of winding hallways, brick and wooden floors, fountains, old-trees, and wrought-iron balconies. Prominent tenants include Weller Book Works, Pottery Barn, Cabin Fever (a popular card store), Williams-Sonoma, Old Spaghetti Factory, The Desert Edge Brewery at the Pub, The Spectacle, and local boutiques.

The Trolley Square water tower is covered in red and blue neon lights, and it is a prominent feature of the Salt Lake City skyline, able to be spotted from miles away at night. For many years, the tower was a weather beacon, giving the local weather forecast based on the colors of lights, with solid blue being fair weather, flashing blue being cloudy weather, solid red being rain, and flashing red being snow. The Trolley Square water tower was renovated in fall 2014.

Another prominent feature of Trolley Square is the sky bridge that connects the main building to a small parking lot located across the street. The bridge was made from a salvaged ore conveyor bridge formerly in use at the International Smelting and Refining Company facility in Tooele, Utah. The bridge goes over 600 South, and it features neon lights shaped in the form of a trolley.

2007 shooting[edit]

The Trolley Square shooting was a mass shooting that occurred on the evening of February 12, 2007 at the mall. A lone gunman, identified as Sulejman Talović, killed five bystanders and wounded four others before being shot dead by several members of the Salt Lake City Police Department.[3] Authorities were not able to determine a motive.[4]

Major businesses[edit]

Sale and development[edit]

Trolley Square is owned by SK Hart Management, who purchased it in May 2013.


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  2. ^ "Gunman Kills 5 at Utah mall, police say". CNN. 2007-02-13. Archived from the original on 2007-02-14. Retrieved 2007-02-13.
  3. ^ "Six Minutes of Terror, Retracing the Shooting Rampage". 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  4. ^ "Trolley Square Shooting Incident Investigative Summary" (PDF). Salt Lake City Police Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014.
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