Lakemont Park Post Card

Posted By on March 21, 2016

scan0003 Lakemont Park in it’s day was most likely a most beautiful place to visit. The people of Altoona, PA, were extremely proud of their park and rightfully so. It was heaven for school children and young couples often took advantage of it’s romantic atmosphere to propose in marriage and older patrons walked among the hundreds of natural flowers and trees remembering their past. On the reverse side of this card is a note. You will notice a one cent stamp on it. In the spring of 1988 I came to Lakemont to reopen it. While inspecting the rides that were there I went into the Leap The Dips maintenance shack and found a box with a canvas pouch containing cards and old photos which will follow in future posts.

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Lakemont Park Post Card

Posted By on March 21, 2016

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Lakemont Park

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scan0005 The Casino still exists to this day. However the trees are gone. They were cut down many years ago to expand the park for more amusement rides….  not a good thing to do and the public resented it. I never got to see the true beauty of the park except for these post cards and other photos that I possess. 

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Lakemont Park

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Lakemont Park Pool

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scan0002 The Lakemont Park pool was the hi light of the park. The water was often like ice but it did not stop the fun.  In 1988 it was nothing more than cement bowl. The Capell family opened the park without the pool. It was in their mind to repair it as we knew that it would be a plus but money time and politics got in the way. 

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Lakemont Park 1989 Billboard

Posted By on March 21, 2016

scan0001 This is one of many billboards that were put up throughout Blair  County. 

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Lakemont Park 1960 Train

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scan0001 The gentlemen in this photo are unknown to me. It was during the time when the Thompson family were running the park.

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Lakemont Park 1960 Train

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scan0001 Workers constructing the train station. 66 years ago.

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Lakemont Park 1960 Train

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scan0001 The train station had a dual purpose. One for loading passengers and in winter to store the train from the harmful snow and rain.  

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Lakemont Park Sept 18 1960 Train

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scan0001 In 1988 we discovered that there was a small station that needed repair but it didn’t have a train. Bill Capell, then went to an amusement park that he knew of and bought a beautiful train from Tammy Fay Baker. The personal joke among ourselves was that we renamed it “The Mascara Express”.

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