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The glamour of Saltair came to a sad end on April 22nd, 1925 when fire broke out in the main Saltair pavilion and spread to several of its sister buildings. It seemed that the glamour of the Great Saltair had come to an end. But new investors, mostly comprised of prominent Mormons, combined their resources to build a bigger, better lakeshore resort. The new Saltair boasted the largest dance floor in the world. As for dancing, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The thrumming beats and the blares of horns pumped music to a new reach as the big band era swung into the United States. Many big name bands, such as Glenn Miller, marked Saltair on their touring maps.

But in the face of a more grand facility and the optimism of enthusiastic investors, the new Saltair fell victim to competition. New forms of entertainment, motion pictures and radio, crackled on the theater screens and in the living rooms of America. People stayed home or visited local theaters rather than making the trek to Saltair.

Saltair sat on the road from Salt Lake City to the Tooele Valley and to Skull Valley. In earlier days, this prime location brought plentiful wagon and horse traffic to the resort. But with the advent of automobiles, trains, and bus service to the Tooele Valley, less people bothered to stop to rest at the waypoint resort.

In addition, a large community of Mormon Polynesians, called Losepa, who lived in the Skull Valley, and Tooele Valley areas, moved away to either the Salt Lake Valley, or to Hawaii, taking their Saltair business with them.

The market crash in 1929 greatly impacted Saltair’s business. People saved their pennies by cutting recreational activities to a minimum.

It seemed the grand days of The Great Saltair had passed as the lakeshore resort was forced to eke out its survival in the face of strong competition and a dwindling market.

1931: FIRE AGAIN! »