Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The History of Lagoon

The Lagoon Pavillion via Deseret News
Lagoon has been a popular destination for many Utahns for the past 128 years. Would you have guessed the amusement park is that old? Opening on July 12, 1886, Lagoon first included bowling, dancing, music and good restaurants. The first ride, Shoot the Chute was added in 1889.

More rides would be added throughout the years, including two who are still around today. The Carousel which was built in 1893 (Lagoon just celebrated the rides 110th birthday is 2003) and the wooden roller coaster, better known to locals as the White Roller Coaster, which was built in 1921. Some of the roller coaster was damaged during a fire at the park in 1953, but was quickly rebuilt for the following season. It was also during that time many other rides were added including Mother Goose Land which features rides just for children.

Lagoon grew in popularity during the 1920s and 1930s, with greats like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller performing on the Lagoon stage.

As the summer months begin to come to an end, you still have some time to enjoy the park before it closes for the winter. Each fall Lagoon remains open for Frightmares which offers guests a good scare.

What is your favorite ride at Lagoon?


Want to learn more about Lagoon? Check out these links.

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