Lakemont Park & The Island
July 11, 2015
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Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania is a little park that I have
been wanting to get back to since my first and only visit to it
back in 1999 when I was first starting
out this website.
As you may have guessed from some of my Trip Reports that I am a bit of
a amusement park and roller coaster history buff. With the worlds
oldest roller coaster and a rather interesting history Lakemont Park is
the perfect place for myself to spend a nice Saturday morning visiting.
Lakemont Park dates back to 1894 when the wooded park was the end of the
line for Altoona's trolley service. The goal of the park was to give
trolley customers a reason to use the trolley on evenings and weekends when
the trolley ridership was light.
In the summer of 1899 rides were added and Lakemont Park became a full fledged
amusement park. Lakemont Park has had quite a history over the next one
hundred and sixteen years and I'll try to give you a taste of it as I take
you through our day at the park.
On our quest for coasters and rides John was distracted by a little sandbox
crane action. After John's sandbox needs were met we were back off
to our first ride of the day at Lakemont Park.