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The Salt Lake Tribune occasionally presents images from its archives in a special series called A Look Back. This installment features photos of Saltair.

The Saltair Pavilion, located along the South shore of the Great Salt Lake, opened its doors for business in 1893. The resort rested on over 2,000 pylons, driven into the bed along the lakeshore. Many of the original posts can still be seen today. The Great Saltair offered swimming, dining, dancing and a boardwalk. From the beginning, the lake retreat was intended to be a counterpart to Coney Island. Being one of the first amusement parks in America, it became the most popular family destination west of New York. The glamour of Saltair came to an end on April 22, 1925, when fire broke out in the main Saltair pavilion and spread to several of its sister buildings. The resort was rebuilt even larger after the fire, but the market crash of 1929 and availability of new entertainment threatened the resort. In 1931 another fire struck the resort causing $100,000 in damage. At the same time, lake waters receded making it impossible to reach the waters edge unless you took a train. Saltair eventually closed and remained empty for 40 years until it was completely destroyed by an arson's fire. In 1981 the pavilion was built yet again only to be flooded by rising lake waters. The dilapidated building remained empty until 2005 when it was refurbished to be used as a concert venue.

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