Monday, July 2, 2012

John and Mellie Morgan. Garfield and Lake Point Resorts. 1884.

 DUP Marker
Erected 1954

Last week my husband and I drove to Lake Point, about 24 miles west of Salt Lake City. We were headed to the Benson Mill, and stopped here on our drive west. 
 The Great Salt Lake looking north from the marker.
 Antelope Island in the distance.
Garfield and Lake Point Resorts

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, No. 115, erected 1954

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 1-1/2 miles west, a three story hotel erected there by Dr. Jeter Clinton became a stopping place for overland stages, the boulder used for this shaft was taken from “Old Buffalo Ranch” one half mile west.                                                Tooele County

John Hamilton Morgan frequently traveled with family members to the Great Salt Lake during the heat of the summer months in the 188o's. I was reminded of his times again as I read this plaque.

While in Salt Lake on July 19, 1884 John Morgan wrote, "Met a number of parties on school matters. At 5:10 p.m. boarded Utah and Nev. Train for Lake Point, accompanied by brother J. H. Parry and Annie."                                                      

July 28, 1884, “ Did some writing and looked after the work being done at the School House and at 5:10 p.m. in company with Mellie went to the Lake and had a fine bath. “

The Great Salt Lake, Lake Point, and Tooele County has changed much in the last 128 years. My interest in John and Mellie Morgan's life made me wonder if I could find any remnant of their times remaining just around the lake's south end in Tooele County.  

I discovered this drawing at the Utah State Historical Society's online data base. It was donated by John and Mellie's son, Nicholas Groesbeck Morgan. He presumably commissioned it's drawing after studying his father's journal. 

(To be continued...)

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