The City of Corinne

1976 Exhibition Brochure
In 1871 the “City of Corrine,” a 130-foot paddle-wheeler steamer, was launched into the Great Salt Lake at Corrine, Utah. It carried ore and passengers across the Great Salt Lake for approximately 15 years.

2023 Exhibit Brochure
Corinne, Utah, located near the meeting point of the 1869 transcontinental railroads was promoted as “the Chicago of the West.” In its heyday, Corinne had 19 saloons, two dance halls, numerous gambling houses, and an elaborate opera house.
In the 1870s, Corinne residents hoped to take advantage of the Bear River and launched steam-powered paddle boats. The most famous of these boats, the “City of Corinne,” was launched in August 1871 with a christening by Major General J.A. Williamson – for whose daughter it was named – with an audience of residents of the Bear River valley. It was used for industrial shipping before conversion into an excursion boat and then a hotel resort before it was destroyed by a fire in 1904.

Charles A. Groberg (1913-1992)

Charles Alfred Groberg was born in Farr West, Utah, and lived in Weber County with his wife and children. Groberg graduated with a Master in Fine Arts degree from Utah State University in 1966.  While earning his degree, he worked as a faculty member at Weber State University, and became the chair of the art department in 1969. He taught art professionally for many years before retiring in 1981.


  • “Bicentennial Historical Art Collection.” 1976 Exhibition Brochure, Special Collections, Weber State University.
  • Eyes Toward the Past. DVD.
  • Karras, Marilyn. “Corinne Flourished for Awhile”. The Ogden Standard Examiner, 30 May 1976, Sun., page 17.

Copyright owned by Weber State University Storytelling Festival. All rights reserved. Painting shown by Kaysville – Fruit Heights Museum with permission. Painting number eight in the 2023 exhibit guide.