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Ogden is the closest sizable city to the Golden Spike location at Promontory Summit, Utah, where the First Transcontinental Railroad was joined in 1869.

Rain is provided in the form of infrequent thunderstorms during summer, usually between mid-July and mid-September during the height of monsoon season.The settlement was then called Brownsville, after Captain James Brown, but was later named Ogden for a brigade leader of the Hudson's Bay Company, Peter Skene Ogden, who had trapped in the Weber Valley a generation earlier.There is some confusion in which "Ogden" was the first to set foot in the Utah city.Prominent mountain peaks near Ogden include Mount Ogden to the east and Ben Lomond to the north.Ogden experiences a dry summer continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dsa).