In its heyday, the city of Corinne in Box Elder County had about 10,000 residents and history tells us not one of them was Mormon – something the people liked to boast about. Current resident LaNan Donovan said you could get a divorce for $2.50, prostitution was widespread, and from its founding in 1869, the town reigned as the unofficial “Gentile Capital of Utah.”
“It was really, really a big happening place. Then, after everyone left and the railroad kind of came through and took the wagon traffic away, Mormons started to come in and buy up the farm land,” Donovan said. “There was one report that said at one point it dwindled to about 50 people.”
Donovan said once again the comedic pageant “Corinne – the Gentile City” will be presented to celebrate the city’s colorful history. It plays Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, starting at dusk each night and there is a preshow with a lot of food and fun activities.
On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday Donovan, invited everyone to come. Admission is free of charge and the pageant will take place just off highway 13 five miles west of the Brigham City at the Corinne City Park.