DenversLakesideAmusementPark[Book: David Forsyth – 2016 – 15x23cm – 324 Pages – Few B&W photos]. “‘Denver’s Lakeside Amusement Park – From The White City Beautiful to a Century of Fun’ details the history of Lakeside, exploring how it has managed to remain in business for more than a century, and offers a unique view on larger changes in society and the amusement park industry itself. Once nicknamed White City in part for its glittering display of more than 100,000 lights, the park opened in 1908 in conjunction with Denver’s participation in the national City Beautiful movement. It was a park for Denver elites, with fifty different forms of amusement, including the Lakeshore Railway and the Velvet Coaster, a casino, a ballroom, a theater, a skating rink, and avenues decorated with Greek statues. But after metropolitan growth, technological innovation, and cultural shifts in Denver, it began to cater to a working-class demographic as well. Additions of neon and fluorescent lighting, roller coasters like the Wild Chipmunk, attractions like the Fun House and Lakeside Speedway, and rides like the Scrambler, the Spider, and most recently the Zoom Drop Tower changed the face and feel of Lakeside between 1908 and 2008. The park has also weathered numerous financial and structural difficulties but continues to provide Denverites with affordable, family-friendly amusement today.” Chapter Points: Foreword (Thomas J. Noel); Acknowledgments; Introduction – In Search of Blooming Gardens; Lakeside, an Amusement Enterprise; Just Take a Trip Out to Jolly Lakeside; Lakeside, the White City Beautiful; Keeping Lakeside’s Bright Lights Shining; Benjamin Krasner and Lakeside’s New Setup; Lakeside Speedway and the Roaring Bugs of Speed; The Wild Chipmunk versus the Mouse; The Stockers Take over at Lakeside Speedway; Lakeside Amusement Park, Public Nuisance?; Lakeside, the Most Entertaining City in America; Conclusion – A Century of Fun at Lakeside Amusement Park; Notes; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

  • Derek Sailors

    I have rated dozens of books on this page but this is the first time in awhile. This is one of those books that I loved but was also glad to see it end. First off the details of the book and the A to Z timeline are about as perfect as you can get. For this it gets a 10/10. My issues where the small print, the long chapters and the lack of photos scattered throughout the book. I do realize it is more cost effective to put the photos together in one spot and not scattered through the book. In many ways I am a ‘lazy’ or maybe a more ‘juvenile’ reader and I guess the frequent breaks, smaller chapters and photos throughout really help me to read and enjoy the book more. For this reasons I give the rest of the book a 6/10. Overall, once you average them out it still gets a solid 8/10 from me.