Lagoon Amusement Park

Since in my state we are lucky( sort of---some of us just plain can't afford the $50 admission these days, alas! I went as a kid a few times, though) to still have an independently running amusement park that has been there since 1896, so I went through the Digital Newspaper archives to see what I could find to fit this weekend theme.

Amazingly, an ad in 1915 with Swastikas and mention of "Adolph" is completely innocent of Nazi references. 20 years later this would mean something very different!
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Four more under the cut:

The catchphrase "Swim In Water Fit to Drink!" was used up through the 1950s---I don't think I quite believe them!

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sorry it took me awhile to approve this, i went outside and was sitting in the sun reading a book!
No problem, I had not realized how big these pics were---they show up much smaller-looking when viewing them in GIMP!
You know, I am honestly not sure how that got attached in there---I posted it separately a few months ago. Maybe they have the same image title or something but odd that one line of HTML links both then.
"Regardless of color or creed."

1915? WOW!! That's simply amazing. I actually teared up just a bit at that.
Yes, I was surprised by that, as well. Reportedly at one point in the 1940s the park pushed back against local laws requiring segregation---successfully at that! I hadn't realized it had such an admirable history.
Lagoon might have an admirable view on being anti-segregationist, but the fact that they have animals are trapped in tiny concrete cages with no habitat to speak of, to be used as "entertainment" during the train ride is disgusting.
Very true. Just because you're enlightened in one regard, doesn't mean you can't be extremely ignorant on lots of other things. :-(