Location: Farmington, UT
Hidden among the beautiful landscape in Farmington Utah, you will find a theme park that is ripe with thrills and good times for everyone. Lagoon theme park opened in 1886 when the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad built a resort on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. In 1895, the lake had receded to a point where Simon Bamberger took the buildings that were left of the park and moved them 5 miles to present day Farmington where he named the new resort Lagoon. He names it such because of a body of water located on the original plot of land. The park stayed more of a railroad resort and wasn’t turned into a trill park until the first ride was added in 1899. A shoot the chutes thrill ride was added and people were flocking from all over Utah to the park.
Over the course of its long history, Lagoon has seen it all. They have added thrill rides, and roller coasters. They have hosted major events, was home to a minor league baseball team in the early 1900s, and even had huge gambling arenas to bet on horse racing. The park was also one of the first parks to add a massive filtered swimming pool in the United States which was much better than swimming in the Salt Lake. In 1953, a major fire destroyed a lot of the park, including part of the famous Roller Coaster. The park executives vowed to have it cleaned up and fixed for the next season and they made good on that mark. Between the 1950s and 1970s, the park added music venues and hosted many big name talents like the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, and Johnny Cash. After the 1970s, the park began to focus more on thrill rides, including coasters. With the success of Roller Coaster, the park began adding steel coasters as the coaster craze was hitting the major theme parks throughout the United States.
Lagoon currently has nine roller coasters that are as unique as any park you may have been to. The original Roller Coaster which opened in 1921 is still open and operating today with newer PTC trains. The park has added all steel coasters since that point from manufacturers like Zierer, Vekoma, and Schwarzkopf. The latest ride is Wicked; a launched coaster with a vertical launch lift and speedy elements. With the success of the park over the past decade, the park has added one of the most anticipated roller coasters in 2015. Cannibal, manufactured by Gerstlauer, is a unique elevator style coaster with a beyond vertical drop, water feature, and a tunnel that goes 20 feet underground.
Not only can you find great thrills and fun at the park, but many people enjoy Lagoon for the aesthetics of the area. The park has beautiful flowers and landscaping and the backdrop for the park being in the Southwest is breathtaking. The next time you are in the Beehive state, skip the honey and head on over to Lagoon for the time of your life.
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