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Entertainment Pioneer Village Trains

Old Attractions Hidden In Plain Sight, Part I

As new rides and attractions are added to Lagoon, sometimes it’s necessary to remove an older attraction – often to the dismay of fans. But even when an something is removed, remnants are often left behind or repurposed. Here’s a few fragments of the past hiding in plain sight. These are things guests see all […]

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Old Attractions Hidden In Plain Sight, Part II

As new attractions are added, sometimes old ones have to go, but they don’t always disappear completely. Here’s a few elements of past rides and attractions that have remained at Lagoon.

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1980s Entertainment Events Pioneer Village

Pioneer Village Jubilee

In 1988, Pioneer Village celebrated its Jubilee year with a week full of music, contests and demonstrations from pioneer life. Although Pioneer Village opened at Lagoon in 1976, it originally opened in Salt Lake City in 1938 by Horace Sorenson, owner of the old Southeast Furniture store who had amassed a large collection of pioneer […]

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1990s Entertainment Events Pioneer Village

A Pioneer Holiday At Lagoon

Frightmares has been an increasingly popular Halloween event at Lagoon for over 20 years now. But before Frightmares, Lagoon tried out a short Christmas event. In November 1994, possibly for the first time ever, Lagoon opened its doors to the public for a post-season holiday celebration. The three-day Pioneer Holiday was basically a community event […]

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1970s Film, Television & Music Pioneer Village Roller Coasters

America Screams…At Lagoon!

There’s an old documentary about amusement parks called America Screams which aired on PBS in 1978. It was an hour long, but was later whittled down to a half hour when it was released on VHS. This edited version can be seen on YouTube. (The Lagoon sequence starts at the 7:30 mark and ends about […]

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1970s Pioneer Village

40 Years Of Pioneer Village At Lagoon

Pioneer Village began in the East Millcreek area of Salt Lake City in 1938. Furniture store owner Horace Sorenson collected pioneer-era buildings and artifacts as others were tearing them down or throwing them away. He opened his collection to the public and eventually turned it over to the Sons Of Utah Pioneers who operated it […]

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2010s Film, Television & Music Pioneer Village

Lagoon’s Pioneer Village Stars In ‘Christmas Land’

Lagoon’s Pioneer Village stars in Christmas Land, airing on Hallmark Channel beginning in December 2015. After cleaning up from Frightmares, Pioneer Village was transformed into a winter wonderland to serve as the backdrop for this two-hour TV special. The old Rosie’s Cantina sign (last used in Lagoon’s Guns & Garters Whoop-De-Doo Roundup in 2003) was […]

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1910s 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s Pioneer Village Project Updates

The Map Room

Historical maps are now available in the Lagoon History Project’s Map Room. The maps can be navigated similarly to Google Maps as they allow you to zoom in and pan across. There are currently six maps: three Sanborn maps and three guide maps. More will be added later on. Go to the Map Room Sanborn […]

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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 […]