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Editor’s note • In this regular series, The Salt Lake Tribune explores the once-favorite places of Utahns, from restaurants to recreation to retail. Salt Lake City’s Radio City Lounge was known as the oldest gay bar west of the Mississippi. …

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  • |  Courtesy  An undated photo taken at Blue Mountain ski area and later donated to the former San Juan County Historical Commission. Whatever happened to ... Blue Mountain ski area?
    The two runs that made up one of Utah’s tiniest ski resorts remain visible more than 25 years after Blue Mountain ski area folded. They are a reminder...

    Updated Feb 25 2017 08:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • courtesy photo  Clubgoers at Confetti, which was the epicenter of Salt Lake City’s gothic music scene. Whatever happened to Confetti, Salt Lake City’s goth haven?
    Linda Staker has this recurring dream. Except to her, it’s more of a nightmare. She’s outside Confetti, the long-demolished Sugar House dance club she...

    Updated Dec 24 2016 04:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • This is a photo of the ZCMI store decorated for the Utah statehood celebration in 1896.  (AP Photo/Utah State Historical Society) Whatever happened to ... ZCMI?
    ZCMI loved to proclaim that it was America’s first department store. For 132 years, it enjoyed a reputation for quality. Vogue, Mademoiselle, Glamour ...

    Updated Nov 25 2016 11:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Eli Lucero  |  Herald Journal The skull of Old Ephraim is on display in the special collections section at the Merrill-Cazier Library on the USU campus in this 2011 photo. Whatever happened to ... Old Ephraim, Utah’s ‘last’ grizzly
    There was a time in the early 1900s when grizzly bears roamed northern Utah, often feasting on domestic livestock or deer. These days, grizzlies are j...

    Updated Nov 11 2016 08:35 pm   |     |   Share

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  • Courtesy  |  Wasatch Community Gardens  For a half-dozen years beginning in the mid-1980s, volunteers from Crossroads Urban Center, spinoff Wasatch Fish and Gardens and AmeriCorps bought and caught carp to feed low-income families — many of them hailing from countries where carp is considered good eating. Whatever happened to ... fishing Utah Lake for carp to feed low-income Utahns?
    Bill Loy Jr. figures he’s removed 26 million tons of carp from Utah Lake, where the nonnative fish has run amok since its introduction by Mormon settl...

    Updated Oct 14 2016 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • photo courtesy Lynne Olson  Elementary school students work at Hidden Hollow. Whatever happened to ... Monkey Hollow?
    Doug Cahoon laughed as he remembered his parents’ frustration when he came home one night with a chipped tooth, not telling them where he’d been. “We ...

    Updated Sep 19 2016 11:08 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Fisher Brewing Co., one of two Utah breweries to have survived Prohibition before disappearing in the 1960s. At Ken Sanders Rare Books some of the memorabilia still exists. Whatever happened to ... Fisher Brewery?
    Fisher Beer is the once and future Salt Lake City brew. Originally launched in 1884, the A. Fisher Brewing Co. closed during Prohibition, opened agai...

    Updated Feb 21 2017 04:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)    A rider tackles the course during a Widow Maker event in 1982. Whatever happened to ... Utah’s Widowmaker?
    Editor’s note • In this regular series, The Tribune explores the once-favorite places of Utahns, from restaurants to recreation to retail. If you have...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 12:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Mark Tullis  The Cinedome 70 in 1970. Whatever happened to ... Riverdale’s Cinedome theater?
    Matthew Holbrook grew up watching the original “Star Wars” trilogy at home on VHS tapes. He was 4 years old when the final film, “Return of the Jedi...

    Updated Aug 05 2016 10:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah This is what Einar Neilsen Fieldhouse’s interior looked like before a basketball game. Whatever happened to ... Einar Nielsen Fieldhouse?
    At a time when the University of Utah continues to upgrade its athletic facilities, it’s difficult to realize that as late as 1969, the Ute basketball...

    Updated Jul 01 2016 09:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)   Shasta the liger is seen at Salt Lake City’s Hogle Zoo in this photo from 1948. Whatever happened to ... Shasta the Utah liger?
    Back in 1948, Salt Lake City’s Hogle Zoo was small and struggling. But a special birth on May 6 that year would change everything. For the first time ...

    Updated Mar 23 2017 10:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   A stage diver plunges into the crowd at the Speedway Cafe. Whatever happened to ... The Speedway Cafe?
    That time when someone called the cops because Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys burned an American flag onstage. That time when a crowd of punk kids,...

    Updated Dec 26 2016 04:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)   The front of the Auerbachs store on Main Street in Salt Lake City is decorated for the Grand Army of the Republic parade in 1909. Whatever happened to ... Auerbach’s department store
    In the post-World War II era and throughout the 1960s, Auerbach’s department store, at the corner of Broadway and State in Salt Lake City, stood out a...

    Updated Jun 17 2016 09:43 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mike Weilenmann, founder of Hare Hollow restaurant in Murray. Where diners joked that the entertainment doubled as dinner
    Menus included tales from the saga of Chortle Nabob, Hare Extraordinaire, said to have founded Hare Hollow after “the frightful Wars of the Winds.” Di...

    Updated Jun 17 2016 09:46 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     John Paul Brophy, one of the owners of Salt Lake City’s Dead Goat Saloon, inside the bar standing near autographed celebrity portraits on Thursday September 16, 2003. Whatever happened to The Dead Goat Saloon?
    It was tucked away in the basement of a building at the back of Arrow Press Square in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City — and that only stoked its ...
    Updated Feb 17 2016 05:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • The famous Snelgrove ice cream plant in Sugar House. The spinning cones remain, but the SNELGROVE lettering was recently removed and is now in storage. Photo by Laurie Bray. Whatever happened to ... Sugar House’s classic neon signs?
    It’s a big black sign, jutting from the side of a building in a shape that lends itself to Rorschach-esque interpretations. Is it a double-spouted cof...

    Updated Feb 02 2016 01:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • file photo  |  The Salt lake Tribune  The Hotel Utah stands at the corner of South Temple and Main Street in this 1985 photo. Whatever happened to ... the Hotel Utah?
    The Hotel Utah — closed 28 years ago for conversion into the LDS Church’s Joseph Smith Memorial Building — was Salt Lake City’s first world-class hote...

    Updated Jan 12 2016 09:22 am   |     |   Share
  • During the 1940s, the Clover Club potato chip factory was located on 100 North in Kaysville. Courtesy  |  Heritage Museum of Layton Whatever happened to ... the Clover Club potato chip factory in Kaysville?
    Editor’s note: In this regular series, The Tribune explores the once-favorite places of Utahns, from restaurants to recreation to retail. Years ago...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 12:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Photo courtesy of the Otto Carpenter family  These ski runs at Snow Park about 1950  are much the same today at what is now caller Deer Valley. Bob Burns and Otto Carpenter felled the trees for the runs. They used  the timbers to build chairlift towers. Park City was becoming a ghost town when two local guys built a ski resort
    There was a time when Deer Valley was not a glitzy ski resort with mansions, millionaires and movie stars. It was an era, long forgotten now, when wha...
    Updated Feb 15 2016 03:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Lynne Olson  Hygeia Ice Co., date unknown. Whatever happened to ... Hygeia Iceland?
    While ice-skating rinks can be found throughout Utah today, there was only one statewide for much of a generation. Hygeia Iceland opened at 1208 East ...

    Updated Feb 17 2016 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   | Edna Anderson-Taylor looks through her ’magic mirror’ while taping Romper Room. Anderson-Taylor played Miss Julie on the local version of Romper Room in the 1960s and 1970s. Whatever happened to ... Miss Julie from ‘Romper Room’? (With video)
    “Romper bomper stomper boo / Tell me, tell me, tell me do / Magic Mirror, please tell me today / Did all my friends have fun at play?” For thousands ...

    Updated Nov 25 2015 10:33 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Chipper Young  Night shot outside Bill and Nada’s Cafe, highlighted by the cafe’s iconic neon sign. June 16, 1998. Whatever happened to ... Bill and Nada's Cafe's time-warped decor, greasy fare that lured customers from all walks of life
    Editor’s note • In this regular series, The Salt Lake Tribune explores the once-favorite places of Utahns, from restaurants to recreation to retail. ...
    Updated Feb 17 2016 02:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy Photo)  s  Historical photos of Señor Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant in Salt Lake City. Whatever happened to ... Señor Pepe’s?
    At a time when Mexican cuisine was rare in Salt Lake City, Louis and Athena Nichols knew there was a Utah appetite for Tex-Mex. By 1967, Louis had own...

    Updated Oct 27 2015 10:17 am   |     |   Share
  • Whatever happened to ... Grand Central Store?
    Grand Central was the king of general stores. With more than 30 locations in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Texas and New Mexico, it was Utah’s predecessor to b...

    Updated Oct 27 2015 10:19 am   |     |   Share