Lakemont Park, located in Altoona, Pennsylvania, houses the world's oldest-surviving roller coaster, the Leap-The-Dips. The park opened in 1894 as a trolley park and became an amusement park in the summer of 1899. It is the 8th oldest in the United States. The park was owned by the Boyer Candy Company from May 23, 1986 until July 1, 1988, when it was called Boyertown USA.
History [ edit ]
This section requires expansion. (December 2014)
Lakemont Park opened in 1894, was donated to Blair County in 1937, privatized in 1986, and is still in operation in 2014.
Current rides [ edit ]
in the background, with the German Swings in the front.
Lakemont has numerous rides.
Current roller coasters [ edit ]
A wooden, figure-eight type ride with three, four-seat trains. Only two figure-eight type roller coasters still survive in the world. Leap-The-Dips is one of the few surviving roller coasters with side friction. It is a simple, gentle ride with 3/8 miles of track, or 1,980 feet (600 m).That ride was closed for all but two weeks in 2005, because of maintenance on an old-age roller coaster. The ride was also
SBNO from 1986 to 1998. The ride costs an additional $2.50 to ride, in order to help support the maintenance of the ride.
Chance Rides Toboggan coaster. The ride features four single cars.
The Skyliner was relocated from
Roseland Park in Canandaigua, New York, where it was built in 1960. The move was to build up the park for the failed Boyertown USA project. This marks one of the few instances of a moved wooden roller coaster in the 80s. Skyliner today borders the outfield of Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve, next door.
Unknown A standard
Allan Herschell Little Dipper kiddie coaster. The park currently does not allow adult riders on this coaster, or anyone over the age of 12.
Thrill rides [ edit ]
Kiddie rides [ edit ]
This list below does not include Leap-The-Dips since it's already listed above.
(per person / round) Description
Tiger Belly Bounce
A 3 minute race around the kid's track.
3 and a half minute ride around the Go-Karts track. Riders must abide by the rules of the track and must be at least 56inches and 10 years old to drive the go-kart alone, or they must ride with a parent in a double car. The track is located near the
Traintown Mini Golf
This is a
miniature golf course inside the park.
Boating on the lake, riders are permitted one lap around it.
Water park [ edit ]
Three Water Slides
Unknown Must be 42 inches to ride.
Unknown Small Pirate Ship with Water Cannons and Palm Trees
Former attractions [ edit ]
Like any amusement park that has been open for many years, rides are removed for various reasons. Below is a list of some of these rides.
Former roller coasters [ edit ]
This was a
switchback railroad-style roller coaster, owned and operated by Amandus Sink. The ride was torn down in 1897, likely because Sink went broke after losing a hotel business in a large fire.
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Philadelphia Toboggan Company 1927
Lakemont was once home to a
Schmeck wooden roller coaster named "Twister" from 1927-1935. This ride was damaged in a flood on in March, 1936, before being removed a year later.
Allan Herschell Company
Closed in 2003 due to excessive maintenance.
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Lakemont Park and The Island Water Park". Lakemontparkfun.com . Retrieved . 2013-03-25
^ "Lakemont Park Is 25 Years Old Tomorrow. Popular Resort was Formally Opened on July 4, 1893, by Logan Valley Railway.". Altoona Tribune. July 3, 1918. p. 12.
^ "Plenty of Work Goes on Now at Lakemont Summer Fun Spot.". Altoona Mirror. April 14, 1961. p. 16.
^ "July 4 To Mark 60th Birthday Of County's Lakemont Park.". Altoona Tribune. June 29, 1953. p. 12.
External links [ edit ]