Wirth Watching: Pioneer Days Queen was the centerpiece in 1947

Published 07/14 2014 07:40AM

Updated 07/14 2014 07:44AM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 UTAH) - When World War II ended, the Pioneer Day centerpiece was a queen and her court.

They ruled the state in elegance for a whole year and we can relive that all with some of the rarest film around that shows this part of our state history.

It was time for not holding back in selecting the 1947 royalty.

Oh, you would have to look a long way to the left and to the right to see something like this royal court that ruled that year.

The state announced the queen would wear a 40 pound dress, trimmed with golden wagons.

Young women from all over tried out. The events were broadcast on state-wide radio. They started back in November of 1946.

Next, it would be a coronation at the capitol.

The rare 67-year old film shows us the late Colleen Robinson, later Colleen Robinson Mckay, got the 40 pound dress for all to see.  She still couldn't believe it.

Of course, there was a float in the big parade and a ride past then LDS Church President George Albert Smith.

Oh but that was just the beginning in her year long reign, city after city.

The first of the Pioneer Days Royalty was selected in 1931 when the event was called Covered Wagon Days. 

Colleen Robinson Mckay went on to live in California and Nevada and died in 2005.


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