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If you're going to Lagoon this summer, you're — perhaps unknowingly — continuing a long tradition of summer fun in Utah.

According to the Utah Education Network website, the Lagoon resort was built in 1896 by Simon Bamberger, the fourth governor of Utah, as a way to increase traffic on the Salt Lake and Ogden Railway.

Over the years, Lagoon offered a plethora of activities to patrons, from concerts to dances, hot air balloon rides, horse racing, live theater and thrill rides. The first thrill ride opened in 1899, according to uen.org, and since then, many more rides have been added.

Here's a look back at Lagoon's history using photos from the Utah State Historical Society and the Deseret News archives:

1898
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This photo shows "Old Folks Day" at Lagoon on July 6, 1898, where couples over 70 years old line up for the Cake Walk.

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This historic photo of Lagoon shows the "Shooting the Chutes" ride, which opened in 1899.

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This undated photo shows crowds gathered at Lagoon.

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This undated photo shows three people paddling across the lake.

1900s
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Lagoon's large dance pavilion is shown in this photo that was taken near the turn of the 20th century.

1905
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People lounge on seats around the lake at Lagoon, 1905.

1909
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A Salt Lake & Ogden Railway train unloads at Lagoon, July 20, 1909.

1911
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This photo shows a parking lot full of what would now be antique automobiles. At time this picture was taken in 1911 at the Lagoon race track, though, the packed lot was just a representation of the popularity of the world-famous race track.

1912
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This 1912 photo shows the little train at Lagoon's children's playground.

1914
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A plane flies past a grandstand full of audience members at the racetrack at Lagoon, October 11, 1914.

1937
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Crowds swim at Lagoon, June 17, 1937.

1953
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This photo shows the aftermath of a large fire in November 1953.

1953
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This photo shows damage to Lagoon's iconic roller coaster after a fire in 1953.

1953
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This 1953 photo shows a fire burning at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah.

1953
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This 1953 photo shows people watching as a fire burns at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah.

1953
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This 1953 photo shows the aftermath of a fire at the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah.

1953
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This photo taken from under the canopy of the Lagoon carousel shows the fire burning at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah, 1953.

1953
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This November 1953 photo shows the aftermath of a fire at the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah.

1953
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This November 1953 photo shows the aftermath of a fire at the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah.

1953
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This photo shows a ferris wheel at the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah.

1953
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Two men paddle past each other in the lake at Lagoon.

1957
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This May 1957 photo shows the landscaping of the Lagoon amusement park in Utah.

1958
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This 1958 photo shows the "whirling saucer" in the Lagoon fun house.

1959
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This 1959 ad promoting Lagoon features the park's recognizable roller coaster.

1959
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People laugh as they ride an attraction at the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah.

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This undated photo shows three people jumping simultaneously from the high, medium and low diving boards.

1960s
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This photo shows the Lagoon entrance in the 1960s.

1962
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Cars pull through the intersection leading to the Lagoon amusement park.

1963
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According to the caption on this 1963 photo, the Lagoon resort was named from the artificial lakes seen in this aerial photo.

1963
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A man dives into the pool at Lagoon.

1965
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Ranch S. Kimball, Judy Millard and Bob Freed admire the popcorn wagon, which has become a major attraction at lagoon during the current season.

1965
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Two girls enjoy cotton candy at the Deseret News birthday party at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah.

1965

People ride a train at the Deseret News birthday party at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah.

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This photo features a coupon for a Deseret News Birthday Party coupon for the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah.

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People walk near the camera while others ride the ferris wheel in the background at Lagoon, Farmington, Utah.

1966
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Children take a ride in the boats at Lagoon while their parents watch in the background.

1966
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This April 6, 1966, photo shows the Lagoon Picnic Train at the Lagoon resort in Farmington, Utah.

1967
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This photo features a coupon for a Deseret News Birthday Party coupon for the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah.

1967
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Spanish Fork students Molly Stansfield, Sherry Pyper, Karma Ivory and Camille Fox slide down the giant slide at Lagoon, May 12, 1967.

1968
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People ride on an attraction at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah.

1969
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People laugh while driving bumper cars at the Lagoon amusement park in this August 14, 1969, photo.

1969
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Barbara Allgood, Ranch S. Kimball and Nancy Maxfield take a spin in one of the new cars scheduled for operation on the Lagoon Speedway.

1971
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Joyce Beuhler and Joanne Wassam paddle along on the lake at Lagoon.

1972
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This aerial photo shows the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah, in 1972.

1972
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The Lagoon Resort in Farmington, Utah, is shown in this ariel photo taken in June 1972.

1972
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People laugh and scream as they ride on the roller coaster at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah.

1975
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An old rock chapel adds charm to the Lagoon Resort's Pioneer Village.

1975
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Dance steps, performed by majorette Sue Applegate, keeps things jumping at Lagoon in August of 1975.

1975
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J. Clark Robinson, park manager, Boyd F. Jensen, executive vice president, and Peter Freed, president, are ready to fire up the Wild Kingdom Train at Lagoon.

1976
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Members of the Lagoon Acting Staff prepare for the Pioneer Village opening. Pictured are Lee Atwood, Randy Hooley, Cathy Burgess, Margie Lofenz, Roy Disbow, Gary Hooley and Steve Hooley.

1976
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Henning Andersen gives the paint a touchup on the stage coach at Lagoon.

1976
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Lagoon visitors tour restored buildings of the 1800s Pioneer Village's Main Street in Lagoon.

1976
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Inspecting the newly-dedicated Pioneer Village are, from left, Sister Camilla Kimball, President Spencer W. Kimball and D. Arthur Haycock.

1977
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Peter Freed, Lagoon president, stands next to the restored clock in Pioneer Village.

1977
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People try out Utah's "new generation" Jet Star II thrill ride at Lagoon. The Jet Star went into operation April 3, 1977.

1977
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Engine 999 runs once again at Lagoon.

1978
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People laugh and scream as they ride on the roller coaster at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah.

1978
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This 1978 photo shows Lagoon's wooden roller coaster, August 20, 1978.

1979
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This peddler's wagon stands among the commercial wagons at a Pioneer Village museum in Lagoon.

1980
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People ride the Tri-Star, one of the popular thrill ride in Lagoon.

1982
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People ride the carousel at Lagoon, Farmington, Utah.

1983
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A mudslide from Farmington Canyon creeps up to the outskirts of Lagoon's Pioneer Village, June 1, 1983.

1984
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Lagoon's 10-story-high Colossus is pictured in this 1984 photo.

1984
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Located just east of the Jet-Star II, Lagoon's new Whirlwind appears to be a combination of the Tidal Wave and Loop-O-Plane, only on a much larger scale.

1986
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Passengers yell, scream and hold on for dear life while whizzing through one of the double loops of Lagoon's Colossal Fire Dragon roller coaster, May 23, 1986.

1986
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Cokeville bombing victims and their families ride the fire dragon attraction at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah.

1988
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Lagoon employee Heather Brown offers some caramel apples to her boss, park food director Walter G. Hall. The park served 256,500 ice cream cones, 120,000 hamburgers, 800,000 beverages and 100,000 pounds of french fries in 1988.

1989
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Marizza Pezely, left, and Sacha Sorenson show off their Lagoon-A-Beach T-shirts at the new water park.

1990
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From high atop the 65-foot and 58-foot towers, water park visitors slip and slide into the waiting pools below.

1991
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This 1991 photo shows cars parked in the Lagoon parking lot, while in the background, park-goers head down the largest hill on the white roller coaster.