Saltair in flames: Video documents the ruin of famous Utah resort

02 Sep

I’ve written about Saltair enough now that it merits its own category in my sidebar. If you’re new to the subject, check this out before watching the video below. I’ve read various accounts of the “Lady of the Lake’s” 1970 demise. The best comes from my cyber-pal Gregory Navarro:

I was doing homework with my girlfriend one November night in 1970 when Channel Four TV anchorman Roy Gibson came on and reported that Saltair was burning. I lived on the East Bench at that time, as did my girlfriend, and I ran outside to see the big candle burning near the horizon. I drove that 26 miles in about half an hour. By the time I pulled up to the turnoff on I-80 West, I could only see flames and plumes of smoke. Nothing else. On the news the next night, only the smoldering steel skeleton, melted asphalt and the pilings, like cemetery markers in neat rows, remained.

While researching my recent articles on Saltair, I came across some archival video of that 1970 fire.  I realize this may only be of interest to Utah history junkies, but it’s interesting to actually see the end of such a prominent landmark- a place that meant so much to so many of my older friends and relatives.


3 responses to “Saltair in flames: Video documents the ruin of famous Utah resort

  1. Chris Jones

    November 20, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Thanks for the video. I’ve been fascinated by Saltair for years.

  2. Ryan Hymas

    June 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I am writing a college paper on Saltair. This is a great video! Such a sad event to have happen to an amazing place. Thank you for the upload.

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