Lagoon has served as Utah’s quintessential amusement park since 1886, when it opened as Lake Park, near the Great Salt Lake. In 1899, it moved to its current location, and the park has added new rides and attractions ever since. These photos show how different it looked 25 years ago.
1. Kiddie Boats
How many Utah scrapbooks contain a photo of the little boats in Mother Goose Land?
This is an early version.
3. Wooden Rollercoaster
Our old wooden coaster pretty much looks the same as it did in 1991.
4. Lagoon Lake
Early in lagoon's history, there were several drownings in this lake. In the 1990s, it was full of carp that you could feed with pellets, and you could ride around in the paddle boats.
5. Mother Hubbard's Shoe
Mother Hubbard's Shoe sat at the entrance to the kiddie ride area. This was back before kids watched Nickelodeon.
6. Log Flume
It's a pretty tame ride, compared to Cannibal and the other new rides in the park.
7. Midway Gardens
A pretty place to sit while your kids played skee ball.
8. The Train Station
The train is much more exciting when you're a little kid.
9. The Flying Aces
How cool did you think you were in that little "plane?"
10. The Flying Carpet
A pretty tame ride by today's standards.
11. Pioneer Village
Back in the 1990s, Pioneer Village was pretty cool.
12. Shootout at Pioneer Village
Pioneer Village hired guys to dress as cowboys and staged shootouts between the "Sheriff" and the "outlaws."
13. Lagoon in the 1980s
Look at how different the grounds of the park were back then! This photo was taken after 1983 - you can see Colossus, which was built that year.
14. Lagoon's Stadium, 1980s
Lagoon once had a stadium where concerts were held. The Demolition Derby took place every Saturday.