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What's in the basement? 1920s bathing suits

Posted at 8:46 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 16:44:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Pieces of Utah's past are stored in the basement of the Rio Grande Train Station in Salt Lake City.

The Utah Divisions of History and Art have amassed a combined total of 1.8 million items of cultural and historical significance. The carefully curated collection fills the basement of the old station where the Utah State Historical Society has a research center on the main floor.

The public has never had access to the basement, and following the earthquake which struck Salt Lake City in March, the entire building is now closed for repairs.

In an effort to share a bit of Utah history, FOX 13 teamed up with the Utah Divisions of History and Art. Experts with those organizations will be showing us some of their favorite pieces from the permanent collection. We’ll be showing one each day from the 4th of July through the 24th of July.

Today, we're taking a look at some men's and women's bathing suits from the 1920s, when Saltair Resort at the Great Salt Lake was a popular leisure destination. To learn more about the history of the Saltair, and to see a program from its opening in 1893, click here:

Watch FOX 13’s Good Day Utah in the 8 a.m. hour each day for the next item or visit as new installments will be posted each day until July 24th.