Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Saltair!

I've always   been fascinated with this   building. It dates  back all the way to the year of our Lord 1100, located within the heart of the Great  Salt Lake. Kidding, it was  completed by the Los Angeles and  Salt Lake RailRoad as  a resort! It was  glorious  and beautiful and full of awe. Everyone west of New York traveled and  stayed at this  place. It burned in April 22, 1925, but rebuilt and never the  same. The Great Depression   saw to that.

From 1963 to 1986, the Great  Salt lake rose 20 feet! This  submerged   Saltair under 4 feet of water.

Several years  ago, I used to go dancing there. It was such a fabulous  experience! You could go out onto the pier and hear the water lapping underneath.  So romantic.

Do you have old buildings  in your  state that have  survived di sasters and you find mysterious?

14 comments:

  1. Very awesome looking building. I'd like to throw a dance in there!

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  2. Wow that is amazing how much it changed. The original building did look extremely charming, it is a pity it burned down.

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  3. Sadly I live near one of the most bombed cities in the South West during WWII, Plymouth. We have an Elizabethan House left, dated 1600-and something. But very few other old buildings. Exeter - an hour up the road - has many more old buildings and I'm always just a little bit jealous.

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  4. Sort of reminds me of Mont St. Michel.

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  5. I have seen Saltair. Poor building. I've watched its ill-fated history throughout my lifetime. Every time I drive past it on my way to Wendover, I actually feel sorry for the poor thing. Stopping over from A-Z.
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  6. I remember my mom telling me about it. I have never been in there. I need to do that next time I am there.

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  7. Salt Air was rebuilt in the early 1980s -- with much fanfair. I went to a fireworks show there in the autumn of 1982. Then 1982-83 was the year of the flooding, and the new building was ruined when the lake rose after the long drought from '75 to '81 or so. It was in the mid-80s that Gov. Bangeter built the pumps to pump water from the lake onto the Salt Flats, but we hit droughts again as soon as they were installed, and they sit unused and wasteful.
    However, I would have liked to have seen Salt Air in its heyday a hundred years or so ago.

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  8. I have never seen this before but it is fascinating. Thank you.

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  9. What a gorgeous building. I'd love to see it. Living in Virginia, there are lots of old plantation houses. I love Mt. Vernon and Monticello, and although there are no houses there, the original Jamestown settlement still resonates with the memories of the early settlers.

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  10. Wow. That sounds like a really cool place!

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  11. What a fascinating and intriguing place. I love the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago. It is the only surviving building from the Columbian Exposition of 1893. And we have the Water Tower Pumping Station which survived the Great Chicago Fire. Both buildings are just amazing to me.

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  12. Where I live near Albany, NY, there are many old buildings with Dutch features, and many cathedrals with delicious architectural details.

    For me, the house I lived in from the time I was two to nearly five. It was a colonial house with steep stairs and oddly shaped rooms.

    The view from my upstairs bedroom window is one of my earliest memories.

    The house is still there, beside the Old School, built in 1929, which is now the community center....

    I loved learning about Saltair!

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  13. Looks like an amazing place!

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  14. I know it’s not May 7th yet, but in line with my “T” post today I just wanted to take a moment now, before we reach the end of The Challenge, to thank you for co-hosting it all. While exhausting it has been yet exhilarating, and in some ways life-changing for me, as well. Much of that was due to the help, hope and incredible encouragement you offered along the way. Simply put, I’m grateful, and wanted to say thanks!

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