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Ponder this: 
In the heyday of the Lagoon, from 1905 to 1915, on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, there was a trolley leaving
Fountain Square, in Cincinnati, every two minutes destined for the Lagoon: A trolley every other minute. 
In 1897, there were 50 street cars dedicated to the Ludlow/Lagoon line.

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lagoon map
         
Map Showing the
  Lagoon - 1904

 

Tip of our hat to Mr. Andy Corn for this great image. 
It's a current topographical map overlaid with a 1909
Sanborn Fire Map, showing the location of all the Lagoon
buildings in that year. Don't blame Andy for the
annotations; they're ours.

 

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The Club House, from the lake,
at the Lagoon, Ludlow
The entrance, on Laurel,
between Park and Lake
The Lagoon, Ludlow
Detail note, here.

 

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Panoramic Views of the Lagoon's Lake

 

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Lake, Theatre, & Roller Coaster, There were 100 boats available to rent on opening day.
Beautiful Scenery,
Lagoon Park
The railroad going up Erlanger Hill frequently required an engine to push as well as one to pull.

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The official name of the roller-coaster was the “Scenic Railroad.” 
It was one of the first three in the country.

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Ludlow Lagoon
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Lagoon, 1911
An Aerial View of the Lagoon
Lagoon Scene

 

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Entrance to the Lagoon Park
Club House at the Lagoon,
from the Lake
A Glimpse of the Lake at the Lagoon
"This is one of our summer gardens
and the girls and boys hold hands"

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The Motorcycle disaster in 1913 followed by the tornado of 1915, followed by WWI in 1917, followed by prohibition in 1920, simply added up to finance losses that the Lagoon couldn't sustain. By 1921, a story of the Lagoon's dance hall burning notes that the park “has not been extensively used.”


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There were times when the weekend night crowds at the Lagoon could reach 25,000 - 30,000 people.
Streets in the vicinity of the Lagoon - Deverill,
Ludford, and Stokesay - are named for places near
the Ludlow family's ancestral English home.
Eugene Debs speaks at the Lagoon,
story here. Who was Eugene Debs?
Background at this site.

KET (Kentucky Educational Television) has a video tape of Lagoon Scenes you can buy by clicking here
Please tell them Northern Kentucky Views sent you.

We're indebted to Mr. David Schroeder, Executive Director of the Kenton County
Library, for a lot of the background information here about the Lagoon.

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