Lakeside Amusement Park was situated on the land opposite today’s VA Medical Center. It evolved from the 1887 40-foot high cyclorama depicting the Battle of Gettysburg, to a full-fledged amusement park with a roller coaster, a water ride called Shooting the Chutes, a merry-go-round, a fun-house, other amusements, and its memorable dance hall named the Crystal Room later becoming the Lakeside Palladium. Lakeside Park opened in the summer of 1890 at Gettysburg and Lakeview Avenues, delighting visitors until 1967. In 1930, the Park was annexed by the City of Dayton. This Dayton Original was a family park that provided many hours of enjoyment to thousands of people over the years!

3 Responses to “Lakeside Amusement Park”

  1. Eva Tuck
    20 June 2014 at 10:33 am #

    This is crazy to see these photos. This park belonged to my grandfather but was later turned into a bingo hall and trucking company, which was passed down to my father. To this day my father still runs the trucking part of it and I enjoy being a part of this business because of my grandfather and his dream! Its amazing to see this photos so that me and my 2 bothers can value where we came from. Im in tears to finally see photos, that we have never seen only visioned, due to fires and lost footage. I really appreciated this. Thanks from the Tuck family!

    • Jerry Jacobson
      5 February 2015 at 9:43 am #

      Great story! Do you remember Mr. Blumenthal (father of Larry and Fred) who, as I recall, operated some of the concession stands? My favorite thing was the paddle (pedal) boats and the bumper cars. Jerry Jacobson

  2. Ernie Bunch
    23 February 2015 at 8:17 am #

    I too share in Ms. Tuck’s excitement because as a little boy I can remember parts of the site as well. And after the park closed they still had carnivals on the sight. Not to mention kiking it at the palladium as a teenager. I came to know the history of the sight and the awsome history of the Tuck family associated with it when I was blessed to work and drive a truck for Ms. Eva’s dad Mr. Goerge Tuck. He and his family are great people from my expiernce with them. They did nothing less than help me and my family through a really really tough time. Thank you Eva,Georgie, and Mr. and Mrs. George Tuck