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People Ride Manufacturers

Eyerly Aircraft

How did an aircraft company become a major amusement ride manufacturer when most of their rides didn’t even look like airplanes? It all started with an aspiring pilot and lifelong tinkerer. Born in Illinois in 1892, Lee Eyerly had a natural curiosity for machines. When he was a teenager, he and his family moved to […]

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Outside The Park People

Lagoon & The Fair, Part III: The World’s Fair

The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was held in Chicago as a tribute to four centuries since Columbus landed in North America. It would become recognized as a pivotal point in history and culture. Many innovations were introduced at or inspired by this fair including the Ferris Wheel, the Midway, Cracker Jacks, Juicy Fruit gum […]

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1950s People

5 Jul 1950: Bandits Crack Safe At Lagoon

Article published in Deseret News, 5 Jul 1950: FARMINGTON – Two armed men bound and gagged a nightwatchman, pried open a safe and escaped with 11 sacks of money early Wednesday at Lagoon resort, Davis County Sheriff LeGrande Hess reported. Sheriff Hess “guessed” the loss might run as high as $15,000. But Robert Freed, park […]

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1970s 1980s People Pioneer Village Trains

The True Namesake Of The Freedola

Anyone who has been on the authentic Carousel at Lagoon and who has looked closely at the band organ may have noticed the name “Freedola” painted on the bottom. It’s understandable if you assume this is a small reference to the Freed Family who has been operating the park since the 1940s, because that was […]