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Lagoon's History

In the late 1800's a number of resorts sprang up along the shores of the Great Salt Lake. One of these was the original Lagoon, Lake Park. It was "one of the most attractive watering places in the West," having opened on July 15, 1886. It featured an open-air dancing pavilion with delicately-carved lattice-work and archways.

Original Lake Park Resort.

Original Lake Park Terrace.
Summer cottages rented by the week or month. For fifty-cents admission, guests could enjoy swimming, dancing, boating, a merry-go-round, roller skating, target shooting and bowling alleys. Another fifty-cents bought a full-course dinner in the resort's restaurant. By the end of the first season, 53,000 guests had visited Lake Park.
In 1893 the Lake began receding, leaving a sticky, blue mud that was miserable to bathers. In 1896 the resort was moved two and one-half miles inland to its present location, and its name was changed to suit its new location on the banks of a nine-acre Lagoon.

Lagoon - Present Location.


Guests arrive on Bamburger Railway.
Rowboating, swimming, and, of course, dancing were the attractions that brought the crowds on the Bamberger Railway. A round-trip from Salt Lake or Ogden to Lagoon cost twenty-five cents.
The Park's first thrill ride, Shoot-the-Chutes, was soon in operation, and by 1906 the Scenic Railway was the thrill of its day. Later that same year a new Merry-Go-Round with 45 hand-carved horses was delivered. That same Merry-Go-Round is still in operation today. In 1921 the roar of the Roller Coaster began and the excitement still hasn't stopped. In 1927 the Million-gallon pool refreshed guests in "Water Fit To Drink". During the '30's and '40's the Dancing Pavilion featured the familiar names of the Big Band era: Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and the Glenn Miller Orchestras. The trains stopped running in 1952, and the guests now arrived at Lagoon via the new cement Highway 91.

Lagoon's First Thrill Ride.


Lagoon's First Roller Coaster.


Lagoon was on Fire.


News of Fire quickly spread.


"Mother Goose Land" was added.
In October of 1953, the night sky of Farmington was red and smoking. Lagoon was on fire. The flames were so high, they could be seen 20 miles away in Salt Lake City. The fire swept down the west side of the Midway destroying everything in its path. The front of the Coaster was gone, the Fun House and Dancing Pavilion with its many memories were reduced to rubble. The Carousel was saved by a constant stream of water over its roof. Before the smoke had cleared, Lagoon's President, Robert E. Freed, vowed to rebuild a "new" Lagoon. This was the beginning of Lagoon as we know it today. A Lagoon with new attractions each season. A Lagoon with new rides like the Speedway, the Sky Coasters, a double-loop Coaster, and more recently a rapid river ride, "Rattlesnake Rapids". The youngsters were not forgotten with the creation of Mother Goose Land. A restaurant with the best fried chicken in Utah drew guests from all over the West. A Showboat cruised Lagoon Lake in search of an elusive dragon, while the Lake Park Streamliner circled on shore.
The Patio Gardens became the concert spot of Utah during the '50's and '60's. Such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Avalon and even the Three Stooges appeared at Lagoon. The legends of Rock 'n' roll, Bill Haley and the Comets, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and the Beach Boys were among those who thrilled the Lagoon guest. In the late '70's the Patio Gardens became a Roller Rink and today, is the Game Time Arcade.

In 1968 the Lagoon Opera House pioneered Utah summer theater, presenting such hits as "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", and other Broadway hits with much shorter names.
Old and new merged in 1976 with the acquisition of Pioneer Village, a 15-acre restoration of Pioneer Utah. This outstanding preservation of history includes one of the country's finest collections of horse-drawn carriages, a renowned gun collection and other exhibits of pioneer artifacts. Today, Pioneer Village is preserving history for all to see, hear and remember.

Pioneer Village.
In 1982 Lagoon began to expand its live entertainment program with the presentation of Music, U.S.A. Now in its 20th season, this all-singing, all-dancing musical entertainment has been thrilling guests of all ages. Each season Music, U.S.A. salutes the many and varied genres of American music.

Lagoon has always been synonymous with water fun, from the days when the Park was located on the shores of the Great Salt Lake to its million-gallon pool that provided fun in the sun from 1927 to 1987. Lagoon continues that tradition with the addition of Lagoon A Beach. Arriving at Lagoon in 1989, this extraordinary Waterpark features every twist, turn and splash available in today's water market. A Lazy River and Outrigger are but a few of the many thrills awaiting the visitor to Lagoon A Beach.

When it comes to family entertainment, Lagoon has the bases covered. It's over one hundred acres of excitement, and it's all for you. Thirty-five rides, a waterpark, historic Pioneer Village, live entertainment, shops, games and delicious eating. It all adds up to a world of family fun. Enjoy the endless adventure that is Lagoon.



 

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