We love to share the photos we have in our collections, but did you know that we also have a huge collection of video footage? Not all of it has been digitized, and even less is currently available online, but we hope to remedy this in the future.
Today we’re sharing four films of Alta Lake from the Petersen Collection that show the lake in different years and seasons.
Up first is a film from around 1960 showing skaters on the frozen lake. With a game of hockey going on, it looks a lot like winters on Alta Lake today.
While we have many photos of sail boats on Alta Lake most of them are black and white. This film captures the sails in all their colourful glory. Taken during a regatta, this footage may just be of the Alta Lake Sailing Club’s first “Regretta”.
Another film of boating, this time from 1970, gives a closer view of some of the cabins and other means of transportation along the shore. As a bonus, the film also includes footage of the PGE moving a building from the side of the railroad tracks.
Last, but certainly not least, we have footage from the 1974 Regatta hosted by the Alta Lake Sailing Club. Based out of Dick Fairhurst’s Cypress Lodge, the location may seem familiar to those who sail on Alta Lake today. The full day event included a tug-o-war, pie eating contest, sailing (of course) and more.
Other films available online can be viewed here. We hope to add more soon!