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Not a hot air balloon, but a gas balloon prepares for liftoff at the Lagoon. Possibly, it's preparation for this big Latonia racetrack event. We're unclear if this is the same gas balloon as in our other scenes.  This image is known to be in Northern Kentucky, but may or may not be Ludlow.

 

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Additional Gas Balloon preparations at the Lagoon

“After successfully ascending in a balloon Wednesday night at the Lagoon, Frank Grubbs, the
aeronaut, circled around toward Ludlow and then came whirling down on the top of a building. 
Three of his ribs were broken and his left shoulder dislocated.”
from Maysville's Evening Bulletin, July 7, 1904

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Balloon over the Lagoon
from a Facebook post of Look at Ludlow
What the Lagoon looked like
in 1909, from a gas balloon.

 

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The Lagoon's Roller Coaster, with a View of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad. Scene at the Lagoon, 1895   1896

 

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Attractions at the Lagoon

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Motorcycles Racing on the Motordrome: a wooden track at the Lagoon, banked at 60 degrees, and used for motorcycle racing. It opened on July 21, 1913, and could seat 8,000. It had lights for night racing. On July 30, 1913, a bike left the track and crashed into the crowd. The bike took out a light pole, and the gas and sparks created fire, and panic. At least ten people died - likely more, the numbers are sketchy - and many more were injured.

And after the tragedy, in rushed the . . . Red Cross? No, lawyers.

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The 1901 flood at the Lagoon, here.

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  What's new at the Lagoon for 1905? Lots.  Details here.

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On July 18, 1896, the Cincinnati weekly Chic, noted that the beaches of the Lagoon were a delightful luxury, “a full acre in extent,”" and “built of sand and gravel upon a timber foundation.”  If you didn't have your own, “Suits for gentlemen and ladies may be had for a reasonable price.”  And how was the water?  “Simply perfect.”

 

Highland Film Company

Then there was the 100 acre film studio they were going to build at the Lagoon. Or maybe Fort Thomas. Details.

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Souvenirs

Souvenir
From a Facebook post by Gary Rolfsen

 

End of the Line

End of the Line, at or near the Lagoon
From a Facebook post by Gary Rolfsen

 

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Autoing in the Treetops at the Ludlow Lagoon

 

Lagoon Wagon

Stage Coach for the Lagoon?
from the Look At Ludlow Facebook page

 

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Clubhouse Shoot the Chutes Lake View  
Thanks to Gary Rolfsen for these.

 

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Ice Skating Fishing 1903

 

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The Boathouse and the Amphitheater Scene at the Lagoon The Coaster Ride Shooting the Chutes, 1903

 

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These pleasure boats at the Lagoon were at one time electric powered, and were purchased from the Chicago World's Fair, a.k.a the Columbian Exposition, They charged the 66 batteries in each boat from the trolley lines.

 

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A Viking Boat at
the Lagoon
A little background
on these battleships, and
those above, is here.

 

Dave Schroeder's history of the Ludlow Lagoon

 

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We took our Lagoon page headings from this season pass from 1899.

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Various ephemera from the Ludlow Lagoon

Suspension Bridge

Architectural drawing of the Lagoon's Entrance

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