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Pioneer Village

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The Pioneer Village Story (coming soon)

QUICK FACTS

  • Pioneer Village is a collection of authentic pioneer buildings and artifacts from around Utah
  • Originally started in 1938 by Horace & Ethel Sorenson in Salt Lake City
  • Most of the collection was purchased by Lagoon and opened in its current location in 1976

CURRENT RIDES

Log Flume

Rattlesnake Rapids

PAST RIDES

Lagoon Miniature Railroad

Ox-Drawn Wagon

Pioneer Village Railroad

Stagecoach

HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS

Humane Alliance Fountain

Bigler Cabin

Town Hall

Pony Express Museum

Main Street Clock

 

 

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  1. Linda Nimer / Aug 1 2013

    I am trying to confirm whether the Little Rock Chapel in the Pioneer Village was the one built by Ira N. Hinckley in 1863 in Coalville, Utah. Please contact me if you have information.

  2. admin / Aug 2 2013

    Yes, the Rock Chapel in Pioneer Village is the same one built in Coalville in 1863. I have emailed you with more information.

  3. robin westover / Aug 18 2013

    I would like that information on the Coalville chapel as well.
    Thank you so much

  4. admin / Aug 19 2013

    I have sent a response to the email you provided. Let me know if you have further questions.

  5. Peter Caffall-Davis / Nov 20 2013

    I have a flyer from Utah Pioneer Village from when I attended in 1963 when it was on Connor Street in SL. Are there any aerial or panorama photos of Pioneer Village from that era? The cover drawing done in 1961 by Roy Olsen is nice but a photo would be better for jogging out memories.

  6. admin / Nov 21 2013

    I think I have the same brochure with the drawing. The photo I have on the Ox-Drawn Wagon page isn’t an aerial view, but it shows a lot of the original Pioneer Village. There’s also a photo on flickr that has a better view, but it was after the buildings had been moved to Lagoon. I hope to be updating this page with photos and history soon.

  7. Alison Pack / Apr 13 2014

    I had read that the Gingerbread House (Alma Gibbons) in Pioneer Village had originated in Rockport, Summit County (as did the School House and Co-op). Can you please tell me its origin?

    I understand that the Wanship Cabin came from Rockport. I am wondering why it would be named thus if this is the case.

    Thank you,

    Alison Pack

  8. admin / Apr 15 2014

    The sign Lagoon has in front of the house says it “was built by Alma Gibbons for his bride, Cora Melissa Judd, in 1904. He cut the trees from his property, hauled them to his saw mill, and built the home and gingerbread trim with his own hands.” The last residents of this home were Ted & Lorea Brown. Ted (Thomas Edward) Brown was a grandson of Thomas Gibbons and a nephew to Alma Gibbons.

    The schoolhouse was built in 1863. It was constructed of rough-hewn pine logs with a floor made of flat rock and measured 18 feet wide and 28 feet long. It was Rockport’s first public building and was also used for church services and community events until 1892 when a new church and social hall was built in its place. At some point, a new brick schoolhouse was built in Rockport and the old log school became the Relief Society Building.

    The Rockport Co-Op operated from 1885 until the 1930s.

    The Wanship Cabin was given that name because it was originally built in or near Wanship, a town just a short distance north of Rockport.

    Before the Wanship Dam was completed, these buildings were relocated to the original Pioneer Village in Salt Lake City and were on display there for many years before coming to Lagoon. I will have more details and photos about these and other Pioneer Village attractions throughout the coming months.

  9. Alison Pack / Apr 27 2014

    Thank you for that information. I look forward to seeing more on these buildings.

  10. Alison Pack / Jul 6 2014

    We are planning a reunion and I was wondering if now you might have any more photos or information on the Rockport buildings and Wanship Cabin. Thank you.

  11. admin / Jul 6 2014

    Alison, I have contacted you through the email address you’ve provided. Thanks!

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