“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Magna in Tooele County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Garfield & Lake Point Resorts

Garfield & Lake Point Resorts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
1. Garfield & Lake Point Resorts Marker
Inscription. From 1881 to 1893 Garfield Beach was the most famous and finest recreation resort on the shores of Great Salt Lake, with its railroad station, lunch stand, restaurant, bath houses and pier leading to the dance pavilion, and with the pioneer steamboat "City of Corinne" exhibited at anchor. Lake Point was located 1½ miles west. A three story hotel erected there by Dr. Jeter Clinton became a stopping place for Overland stages. The boulders used for this shaft was taken from "Old Buffalo Ranch" one half mile west.
Erected 1954 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 115.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
Location. 40° 42.946′ N, 112° 14.361′ W. Marker is near Magna, Utah, in Tooele County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 101, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at scenic vista pullout from the I-80 westbound lanes approx. one mile after Exit 102 (State Route 201) and two miles before Exit 99 (State Route 36). Marker can only be accessed from the westbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Magna UT 84044, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Garfield & Lake Point Resorts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
2. Garfield & Lake Point Resorts Marker
View to northwest of Great Salt Lake
14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Black Rock Resort (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Pleasant Green Ward (approx. 7.4 miles away); Early Magna Settlements (approx. 8.1 miles away); Relief Society Granary (approx. 8.1 miles away); Honoring with Glory (approx. 12.9 miles away); Copperton Community Methodist Church (approx. 13 miles away); Bingham City Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 13.3 miles away); Stamp Mill Foundation (approx. 13.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Magna.
Also see . . .  Resorts flourished at Great Salt Lake during the 1800s. The Deseret News's article (3/29/1998) of the Great Salt Lake resorts of the past. On the Garfield resort: ...Garfield Beach began in 1881, two miles southwest of Black Rock. It capitalized on service via the steamboat from Lake Side. The boat was renamed "General Garfield," in honor of James A. Garfield taking a ride on it. The boat was anchored semi-permanently offshore of the resort. In 1887, Garfield resort was purchased by the Utah and Nevada Railroad. Some $100,000 in improvements were added, including 200 bathhouses with showers, a restaurant, race track and bowling alley. It was then called "Utah's great sanitarium resort," and 84,000 total people visited Garfield that year. Five years later, it was still going strong, and the Union Pacific Railroad purchased it and spent another $150,000 in upgrades. It was the lake's
Garfield & Lake Point Resorts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
3. Garfield & Lake Point Resorts Marker
View to northeast of Great Salt Lake
first resort to have an electric generator and lights. A fire destroyed it (the steamboat too) in 1904, and despite rumors it would be rebuilt, it never was.
(Submitted on August 26, 2015.) 
Categories. Entertainment
<i>Garfield Bathing Pavilion, Great Salt Lake</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Detroit Publishing Company, circa 1900
4. Garfield Bathing Pavilion, Great Salt Lake
Image courtesy of the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4. submitted on August 26, 2015.
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