Topics in History: Lakeside Amusement Park


Casino and Casino Tower at night, Lakeside Amusement Park. Courtesy, Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library

 

When the weather begins to warm and the school year comes to an end, many start to look for fun outdoor activities. In 1908 those looking for a new source of entertainment flocked to the Lakeside Amusement Park for its opening day on May 30th. Lakeside, also referred to as the “White City” because of the 100,000 electric lamps used to illuminate the park, boasted a 37 acre lake and 50 “big attractions” including a $100,000 casino building.

Less than a year prior to the park’s opening, the town of Lakeside was incorporated. It’s currently estimated to have 8 residents. Both town and park were founded by the Lakeside Reality and Amusement Company led by prominent Denver brewer Adolph Zang. Zang endeavored to build the resort just across the county line from Denver to move beyond the reach of city’s liquor laws. In 1935 the park was sold to Benjamin Krasner. Mr. Krasner’s daughter, Rhoda for whom the lake is named after, owns the park today. Today Lakeside is one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States and visitors can still enjoy many of the original amusements and architecture.

Historic Newspaper Articles About Lakeside Amusement Park

Courtesy, Svensk-Amerikanska Western, 1908

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