Looking Back: Utah's Saltair
Occasionally, the internet is good for more than just cat videos and vlogs. Recently, it revealed a curious little artifact I'd never seen in the form of something called Saltair.
The mormons built Saltair to be the “Coney Island of the West,” and with roller coasters, a ferris wheel and touring vaudeville acts, that’s sort of exactly what it was, minus the ocean and plus a hint of Kremlin-esk architecture.
Saltair was built on stilts in the lake and boasted a giant wood dance floor - the biggest in the world? It's hard to imagine a whole lot of real partying and dancing going down there, it being Mormon and all, but who knows? The desert does do weird things to people.
Like so many old resorts Saltair succumb to fire in 1925, when it burned to the ground. It was rebuilt, but never really regained the popularity it had before the depression. Then, thanks to receding water levels, it was left standing a mile from the water in the 30s.