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 mall historically was home to a four-screen cinema and an amusement arcade.

The Trolley Square water tower is a 97-foot water tower that is a prominent feature of the Salt Lake City skyline, and is able to be spotted from miles away at night. The tower originally held 50,000 gallons of water, and was used to supply the sprinkler system for the trolley barns. In 1972, it was converted into a landmark, and covered in red and blue neon lights. 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 overcast, solid red being rain, and flashing red being snow. The Trolley Square water tower was renovated in fall 2014, after years of disuse. During the renovation, the neon lights were removed - and were subsequently replaced with LED light strips which allowed for a wider spectrum of color availability. While the tower coloration is seemingly no longer used to display the weather forecast, different colors are now used decoratively during different seasons, holidays, or events.

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]

Location Influence[edit]

Trolley Square is a prominent and well-known landmark in the Salt Lake City area. As such, many surrounding businesses and locales borrow or incorporate the name "trolley." For example, Trolley Corners is a small office building located on the block directly to the east of Trolley Square, as is a small collection of houses that have been converted into businesses - known as trolley cottages. The nearest UTA Trax station is named "Trolley station".

Major businesses[edit]

Sale and development[edit]

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


  1. ^ "ScanlanKemperBard Buys Historic Salt Lake City Property". ScanlanKemperBard. 2007-08-09. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-02-13.
  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.
  5. ^ "Cabin Fever Cards and Gifts ~ Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, Utah". Archived from the original on 2011-01-28.

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