Corinne pageant explores town’s colorful past

It’s a city with a colorful history and the city of Corrine in Box Elder County was best known for its gambling, its casinos, for its so-called “divorce machines” and its first non-Mormon Church erected by Methodists back in the 1869-70 era. The old town comes alive this weekend when the pageant “Corinne: The Gentile City” is presented tomorrow and Saturday in Corrine City Park. Pageant committee member Laraine Riser says since Corrine was the first Utah town to hold a 4th of July celebration, the play is centered around the 4th of July. “This was a boom town that was established with the coming of the railroad in Promontory,” Riser explained on a recent KVNU Crosstalk Show. “There was quite a wild life there. They did want to be absolutely different from any of the Mormon communities. Brigham Young actually had warned his followers not to do business with the members of Corinne, with anyone in Corinne, because of the lifestyle there.” Admission is free. A pre-show plus concessions start at 8 p.m. followed by the pageant at dusk. Corrine is six miles west of Brigham City and everyone is invited to attend.

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