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Saltair a Resort on The Great Salt Lake in Utah


Saltair was a popular resort located on the South shore of the Great Salt Lake. Opened in 1893, Saltair attracted bathers and hosted picnics and dances. It had a giant roller coaster known all over the state.

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Saltair I The first Saltair, completed in 1893, was jointly owned by a corporation associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called Mormons) and the Salt Lake & Los Angeles Railway (later renamed as the Salt Lake, Garfield and Western Railway), which was constructed for the express purpose of serving the resort.[1] Saltair was not the first resort built on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, but was the most successful ever built. It was designed by well-known Utah architect Richard K.A. Kletting and rested on over 2,000 posts and pilings, many of which remain and are still visible over 110 years later.[2]

Saltair was a family place, intended to provide a safe and wholesome atmosphere with the open supervision of Church leaders. While some of the other resorts in the area were seen as "spiritually bleak", a young courting Mormon couple could visit Saltair without worrying about gossip. Trains left from Salt Lake City every 45 minutes,[1] and so long as the boy got the girl home at a reasonable time after the train arrived, parents weren't worried – in part because, from the moment of arriving at the station before the outing until they left the station coming home, they were usually never out of sight of trusted members of the community. More than once, a couple on the way home found themselves in the same car as their parents, who themselves had been dancing at Saltair.Intended from the beginning as the Western counterpart to Coney Island, Saltair was one of the first amusement parks, and for a time was the most popular family destination west of New York. Some criticism was pointed at the Church over the sale of coffee, tea or alcohol (all of which are prohibited by Mormon doctrine), as well as Saltair's being open on Sunday.[2] The church finally sold the resort in 1906.[3]

Saltair is on it's 3rd incarnation.

In popular culture Saltair has occasionally been used as a backdrop for movies. Key scenes of the 1962 horror cult film Carnival of Souls were shot in Saltair. The opening scene of the 1990 film The Giant Brine Shrimp was set in Saltair and the lake.[5] A 1960s photo of Saltair II was also featured on the cover of the bootleg Beach Boys album, Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 19.

The Pixies 1991 song, "Palace of the Brine" is a reference to Saltair.

Huh, so the Church no longer owns it.

Fascinating that the Pixies refer to it.

Ken gives a tour of modern day Saltair in 2004.

Shaman with a Shotgun ;)  Wonder where Ken is now?

10 minute documentary

Carnival of Souls trailer 1962

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