Ten things you didn't know about Lakeside Amusement Park in Lakeside, Colorado

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Courtesy of Tom Lundin/The Denver Eye.
One of Lakeside's most famous rides, the Wild Chipmunk.
More than just a spot to enjoy an inexpensive evening of roller-coaster rides and soft-serve ice cream, Lakeside Amusement Park is a place packed with living history. Built in 1908, the beautiful park has stood the test of time -- and in some areas within its gates, time has actually stood still -- retaining much of the end-of-the-Victorian-era charm that makes it a unique summertime destination for locals and visitors.

We can give you a million reasons why you should visit Colorado's oldest amusement park before the season is over, but instead we've compiled a list of some not-so-well-known facts about one of the area's most mysterious, most fascinating summer attractions.

See also: The Denver Eye's Tom Lundin talks mid-century modern and Lakeside's Masonic roots

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10) Lakeside was opened as White City in 1908, one of many amusement parks with the same name and architectural style across the country

Built in the Beaux Arts style of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, Lakeside was once known as "White City." It boasted hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights across its acres of park. The former formal entrance on Sheridan used to greet visitors with the still-standing "Tower of Jewels," which was once ablaze with 16,000 individual bulbs.

The park is still on the original plot of land (the same can't be said for Elitch Gardens, the only other amusement park in the area), and many of the original 1908 structures and buildings remain -- which is a rarity for a park of its age. Supposedly, there were dozens of White Cities built across the country at the turn of the last century, and Lakeside is said to be last remaining amusement park of this style.

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Courtesy of the Western History and Genealogy blog of the Denver Public Library
9) Since Lakeside opened in 1908, it has only changed hands once

The park was developed by prominent Denver Brewer Adolph Zang and F.J. Kirshoff at the turn of the last century and then sold to Ben Krasner in the 1930s. Krasner's daughter Rhoda Krasner -- who is the namesake of the body of water the park sits on because her father renamed it upon purchase -- still runs the park today.

Keep reading for eight more things you don't know about Lakeside.


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Lakeside Amusement Park

4601 Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO

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David VanEaton
David VanEaton

Lakeside rules. I started taking my son when he was 4 and he has been officially hooked since. His current record for continuous cyclone rides in a row is 9

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

Was kicked out two years ago for bringing a camera and taking photos. Weird.

Juan Garcia
Juan Garcia

They had a cool swimming pool in the 60's also loved the race track they had

irish303
irish303

The Fun House was amazing.

Gail Plummer-Davis
Gail Plummer-Davis

My Godfather, Pete Stringer used to race at the Speedway. I never saw him race, but I do remember my father telling stories about him.

Elissa Quist
Elissa Quist

Really. I was there a couple years ago and a gang fight broke out. I was close enough, with my daughter, that I feared for our safety. Shake your head all you want :)

Todd Owens
Todd Owens

Went there last year on a family date, the rides were ok but the food area is disgusting, the place REALLY needs to be cleaned up and money put back into it. If not then maybe Denver could buy it and fix it up, some of those rides are wWELL past their prime and one day, maybe not today or tomorrow, but one day one is going to have a serious fail and someone is going to be hurt..... FACT.

Phyllis Strauss
Phyllis Strauss

The whole park needs a thorough cleaning. At least power wash the grounds.

Todd Elsen
Todd Elsen

I would like to see it lit up like it was back in the White City days.

Aaron Rutan
Aaron Rutan

Nope. Nope. Nope! Almost died multiple times at this place. Never again

Aaron Candelaria
Aaron Candelaria

I still choose lakeside over any other amusement park. Period

David Kornowski
David Kornowski

I have learned so much about this Park in the last 2 months. Everyday I learn something new. I love talking to Rhoda from time to time. Lots of History in this Park.

Zac Ricciardi
Zac Ricciardi

Kay you really are Daria. Semantics don't matter, the point is they have stiff competition.

Jack Gormley
Jack Gormley

David Kornowski, know your lakeside history young padawan.

Kay Landon
Kay Landon

Elitch's is no longer owned by Six Flags. It is owned by a company that changed the name back to Elitch Gardens.

Sean Hamilton
Sean Hamilton

My son is there right working!!! Hope you're having a good night Quentin .

Susanna Inanna Rhc
Susanna Inanna Rhc

Lol.... let's just say the smart ones take their own food. The chipmunk is a known yanker.

Sara Theobald
Sara Theobald

Omg this is not sounding like the best day ever David ...\U0001f632

Zac Ricciardi
Zac Ricciardi

It's a historical monument to Denver, it's a shame they CAN'T afford to fix a lot. How can they compete with a six flags?

Iamthe Ganjedi
Iamthe Ganjedi

I didn't even know Lakeside still existed!!! That place was dangerous when I was a kid, over 20 years ago. If it still isn't any better, I'd say they give a new meaning to the term "Thrill ride". Didn't the Wild Chipmunk once go off the track? Or was that an urban legend?

Denisse Lomas
Denisse Lomas

She should fix it up someone is gonna get hurt or killed eventually with those old rides and the lawsuit is gonna be pretty big shell regret not fixing it

Rosie Loriga-Garcia
Rosie Loriga-Garcia

I broke my collar bone first time ever riding the Wild Chimpmunk when I was 8 years old !

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