The park that later became Heritage Square was originally known as Magic Mountain. Opened in 1957, the park went bankrupt in 1959. Shortly before bankruptcy, Magic Mountain imported one of the grandest carousels in the world from Paris, France into Golden, Colorado.
Built in 1890, the 89 foot wide Eden Palais carousel was covered with hundreds of light bulbs, beautiful art glass and featured a Gavioli band organ. The carousel itself had 36 hand-carved horses by German sculptor Josef Hübner, four gondolas that rocked and a spinning ‘lover’s tub’.
When Magic Mountain went bankrupt, the Eden Palais was left outside in the park at the mouth of Apex Canyon for an entire snowy winter! It was eventually rescued, put in storage, and purchased by the Sanfilippo Foundation for their Place de la Musique museum in Barrington, Illinois. It was in thousands of pieces when they started the restoration, but look at it now!
Photos borrowed from the artist/restorer Jill Bradshaw.
September 21st, 2010 / 1 Comment » / by Tom Lundin
Great ticket booth for The Spider ride at Lakeside Amusement Park.
September 4th, 2010 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
A birdseye view of old Elitch’s on 38th Ave. taken in the early-1970s.
From the top of the first hill of the original Mister Twister roller coaster on the right, you could see the top of The Cyclone roller coaster at nearby Lakeside Amusement Park!
(click on this photo to examine in detail)
August 20th, 2010 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Wild Chipmunk sign from Lakeside
The Wild Chipmunk sign from Lakeside Amusement Park.
The ride (and sign, I presume) was installed 1955.
August 11th, 2010 / 1 Comment » / by Tom Lundin
Cyclone at night
Sign for The Cyclone rollercoaster at Lakeside Amusement Park. The rollercoaster and sign were built 1940, the Art Deco design was by Richard Crowther.
July 16th, 2010 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Lakeside Amusement Park Tower
Lakeside Amusement Park’s Tower, built in the Beaux-Arts style
in 1908. 102 years ago!
July 1st, 2010 / 1 Comment » / by Tom Lundin
Lakeside Cyclone entranceway
The Art Deco entranceway to the Cyclone Rollercoaster at Lakeside Amusement Park.
The Cyclone opened in 1940 and was designed by Edward Vietel Sr. I am pretty sure the entranceway was one of many Richard Crowther designs for the park.
June 3rd, 2010 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Lakeside Hurricane ticket booth
The Hurricane ticket booth at Lakeside Amusement Park. An Art Deco design by Richard Crowther from the late ’40s-early ’50s.
April 21st, 2010 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin
Lakeside ticket booth
Beautiful Art Deco ticket booth from Lakeside Amusement Park in the city of Lakeside, CO.
Designed in the 1940s by Richard Crowther.
February 5th, 2010 / No Comments » / by Tom Lundin