Bathing at Garfield Great Salt Lake (cabinet card)
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: C.R. Savage, Photo
Date Published: [c.1894]
Book Id: 37458
Cabinet card [19.5 cm x 12.5 cm] Albumen photograph on light blue mount with no backstamp. Near fine. Image shows swimmers, boaters, and a steamer in the foreground with the pier, pavilion and the mountains in the background.
Garfield Beach was on the south shore of the Great Salt Lake near Black Rock. The Utah and Nevada Railroad operated the resort and capitalized on transporting guests from Lake Side on a steamboat, the 'General Garfield'. The resort was open from 1881 to 1904. Dale Morgan wrote of Garfield Beach: "This new resort, the proprietors boasted, was distinguished by a magnificent pavilion, 165 by 65 feet, built over the water 400 feet from shore, and approached by a covered pier over 300 feet in length. The whole was surmounted by an observation tower overlooking the lake on all sides, and in this pavilion, every afternoon during the season, a grand concert was to be given by "a first-class orchestra of talented soloists." There were elegant dressing rooms, a handsome station building, a restaurant and lunch stand with a distinguished bill of fare, and a saloon where the choicest brands of liquors and cigars would be dispensed by polite attaches. It was also to be borne in mind that Garfield Beach was the only resort on the entire lake shore having a clean, sandy beach, free from mud, rocks and offensive vegetable matter."