Images of America: Lakewood Park (The Guinan Family)


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Lakewood Park is situated in the coal regions of northern Pennsylvania. Lakewood Park was established in 1916 by the Guinan family as a place to bathe, picnic, and camp. It became known as a place for the nearby miners and their families, and it developed into the destination for swimming, amusement rides, skating, big band dances, boxing matches, ethnic celebrations, summer stock plays, and political banquets. Using vintage images, Lakewood Park recalls the various festivals and celebrations, amusement rides, and celebrity performers, such as Dick Clark and Doris Day, that made the park an entertainment mecca for 68 years.

The Guinan family members and younger son of the founder of the Lakewood Park recapture the magic and retrace the history of this beloved park by their recollections in this book.