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What did you do for entertainment in Lowell or Dracut on a Saturday night in the early 1900s? For a nickel, you took a trolley to Lakeview Park in Dracut to enjoy the amusement rides and and ballroom dancing. Lakeview Park once stood on the shores of Lake Mascuppic and was rebuilt in 1927 after a fire destroyed most of the park. These pictures from the book, "Images of America, Dracut Revisted" show what the once-thriving amusement park looked like before and after the fire. Top left, postcard of trolley arriving at the gates of Lakeview Park; bottom left, postcard of The Dip Dip roller coaster at the entrance of the park; center, trolley conductor stands at front Lakeview Trolley waiting for passengers; trolleys left every five minutes from Kearney Square in Lowell; top right, the remains of of The Lakeview Park after a fire destroyed it and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage; bottom right, during the winter of 1927-1928, a new grand dance hall was constructed to accommodate 4000 dancers. Photos by The Paul Dumont Family.

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