Charles Roscoe SAVAGE
British American, 1832-1909
Gelatin silver print
The first Saltair was built in 1893 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. It was envisioned to be the "Coney Island of the West" or a "wholesome place of recreation" for families to swim, dance, attend traveling shows, and enjoy amusement park rides. The Islamic architecture-inspired building, designed by Richard K.A. Kletting, was destroyed by a fire in 1925. Saltair III, which was constructed in the 1980s from a salvaged airplane hangar, continues to be used as an entertainment venue today. Where do you go to have fun in Utah? What do you like to do?
Charles Roscoe Savage emigrated to Salt Lake City in 1860 and set up a photography studio. His "Art Bazar" was a popular place for tourists and locals alike to purchase photographs of the American West.
John Telford reprinted this photograph from Savage's original glass-plate negative in 1979. More research is needed to determine how Telford acquired the negative, as Savage was notoriously careful with his negatives to protect the copyright.