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 above. This image is known to be
in Northern Kentucky, but may or may not be Ludlow.
“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
|The Lagoon's Roller Coaster, with a View of the
Cincinnati Southern Railroad, Ludlow, Kentucky
Motorcycles Racing on the Motordrome: a wooden track at the Lagoon, banked at 60 degrees, and used for motorcycle racing. It opened on June 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.
The 1901 flood at the Lagoon, here.
What's new at the Lagoon for 1905? Lots. Details here.
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.”
|Autoing in the Treetops at the Ludlow Lagoon|
|The Boathouse and the Amphitheater||Scene at the Lagoon||The Coaster Ride||Shooting the Chutes, 1903|
|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.
|A Viking Boat at |
|A little background
on these battleships, and
those above, is here.
We took our Lagoon page headings from this season pass from 1899.