Many of us remember when it was one price per car load. You would put about a dozen kids in the ol’
It all began in 1886 on The Great Salt Lake. It was called
It turned out to be a good idea. The Deseret News says 6,000 people showed up on Labor Day in 1901. The big thrill was the ‘Shoot the Chutes.’ That’s where one took a boat down a big slide, and in a big splash, and hit the lagoon.
Of course the carousel was, also, popular when it arrived in 1906. It’s the oldest attraction at the park. It has 45 characters and thousands of memories.
Julie Freed grew up with lagoon. She’s the third generation to be the caretaker and owner of the famed carousel. Freed told us in an interview, “It’s Hand carved, hand painted, this carousel is very, very special to Lagoon. It’s on the national registry and actually there was a fire at Lagoon in November of 1953 and it took 500 firefighters, all the firefighters of
But before that fire in 1953, Lagoon chugged along for years, until World War 2. As part of the War effort the park closed its gates. That’s when the Freed family bought the amusement park.
After being closed for 4 years, the Freed’s wondered would
The people of
Lagoon beat the odds. It’s one of the few family owned regional parks left in
Although, I have turned down every chance I have had to ride the roller coaster in my 45 years in Utah TV it is one of the last of the great wooden coasters around.. The carousel is more my speed as long as I don’t get too wild of a horse.