From the Land of Band Box Records

Lakeside Amusement Park

May 11, 2015

Lakeside is…

located in West Denver just across the city border shared with the town of Lakeside – a burg with a population somewhere between 8 and 10 citizens.  Lies adjacent to Lake Rhoda and Lakeside Amusement Park.

LAUGHING SALMore from Wikipedia: “A year after its incorporation on November 12, 1907, the Lakeside Amusement Park, nicknamed “White City”, opened on the eastern shores. Both town and park were founded by a syndicate led by prominent Denver brewer Adolph Zang, who endeavored to build the resort just across the county line from Denver, and incorporate to move beyond the reach of Denver liquor laws. Also in town on the southern shore is Lakeside Mall, built in 1956. The amusement park, shopping mall (the shopping mall was razed approximately in 2010 and a Wal-Mart now sits on the site), and lake occupy almost all the tiny municipality. Residences are limited to a handful of houses in the southeast corner of the town occupied by employees of the amusement park.”

Lakeside Amusement Park is the home of the all wooden 75 year-old Cyclone Roller Coaster.  Lakeside is where I witnessed one of two knife fights during my teenage age years – probably around 1961 or 1962.  Lakeside also featured a “Laughing Sal” back in the day – and rumors still circulate that she will be re-installed somebody…







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