100 Years Ago Today

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Summer Fun In Philadelphia

Johnstown, Pennsylvania is a city in the central part of the state started by German immigrants in the early 1800’s. It was a transfer point along the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal 1834-1854 the an important railroad stop for Pennsylvania’s mineral wealth in the late 19th century. In 1889 a dam broke and detroyed the town killing over 2,200 people.

The public Roxbury Park was turned into an amusement park with a race track, a merry-go-round, a roller coaster, a crystal maze, a laughing gallery, an “upside-down house, a vaudeville theater, and a grandstand that could seat 2000 people. Just before the grand opening on Memorial Day 1905, the park’s name was changed to Luna Park.

On August 15, 1912 children gathered at the Watermelon Treat stand to enjoy a slice of watermelon on a summer’s day.

Vintage Johnstown – Luna Park :http://johnstownhistory.blogspot.com/#uds-search-results

Watermelon Treat Counter at Luna Park
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
August 15, 1912


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