Saltair Resort - Salt Lake County - Utah
N 40° 44.773 W 112° 11.202
12T E 399813 N 4511262
Quick Description: The fame and misfortune of the Grand Saltair Resort located 16 miles west of Salt Lake City.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 6/14/2011 11:42:42 AM
Waymark Code: WMBQQB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:
Saltair opened on Memorial Day 1893, and was officially dedicated on 8 June. Its main attractions were always swimming in the Great Salt Lake, where people could bob around like corks, thanks to its 25 percent salt content, and dancing on what was advertised as the world's largest dance floor; but the resort always had a wide range of other attractions. They included a roller coaster, a merry-go-round, a ferris wheel, midway games, bicycle races, touring vaudeville companies, rodeos, bullfights, boat rides on the lake, fireworks displays, and hot-air balloons.

Saltair reached the peak of its popularity in the early 1920s when it was attracting nearly a half-million people a year. However, in April 1925 it burned to the ground. Raymond J. Ashton and Raymond L. Evans designed a new pavilion along the general lines of the original one, and it was built the next year, but the resort never regained its former popularity. During the 1930s it had to battle the effects of the Great Depression; high maintenance costs as winds and salt spray ate away at wood and paint; a $100,000 fire in 1931; and receding lake levels, which in 1933 left it a half mile from the water. Saltair closed down during World War II. It reopened with high hopes after the war but continued to struggle, and it closed for good after the 1958 season. During the 1960s efforts to save it failed, and it stood forlorn and abandoned until fire destroyed it in November 1970.

Source: (visit link)
Date Park Opened: 5/31/1893

Date Park Closed: 11/1/1970

Interstate 80, exit 202
Saltt Lake City, Utah USA

Current Use or Function:
Currently, the Saltair pavilion now stands on the former site of the resort. It is being restored to offer concerts and special performances.

Is the park still there?: No

If not, what is in its place now?:
The Saltair Pavilion.

Visit Instructions:
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