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Photo Gallery


Entrance to Silver Lake Park (1914) was located what is now the main entrance on State Route #59.

Full view of entrance to Silver Lake Amusement Park in 1914 located what is now the main entrance on State Route #59. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The Dance Pavilion was built in 1898, contained the largest dance hall in the United States, without interior supporting columns. Outside dimensions, ninty feet wide by two hundred thirty six feet long. A balcony went completely around the second floor level (8 times around made a mile). The dance Pavilion was located at site of present boat house ---both built on same foundation stones..

Pavilion, Dining Hall, and Boat Landing. Looking North from St. Rt. 59. The dining hall seated 500 people.

Photograph of Pavilion, Dining Hall, and Boat Landing. Looking North from St. Rt. 59 circa 1890

Pavilion looking across Silver Lake (South East) from Graham Rd. Click on photo to enlarge Courtsey of the Joe Cannon Collection

Looking across Silver Lake (South East) from Graham Rd. Willisle Island can been seen. Click on photo to enlarge Courtesy of the Joe Cannon Collection

Banquet Hall set for dinner. The dining hall was located on the lower level of the Pavilion.

The dining hall at Silver Lake Park had a full house when the photo at the right was made around the turn of the century.

Photograph published in the Akron Beacon Journal on October 14, 1979. Coutesy of Myrtle Ross, Silver Lake Resident

Photo of the Silver Lake Orchestra was posed for in 1899.CLICK on photo to enlarge. Click on BACK arrow to return.


Interior of Dance Hall. The orchestra was suspended from the ceiling (red,white,blue area). Click on photo to enlarge.

Note three sets of dancers. The room was 235 feet long by 110 feet wide, largest of its kind in the country at the time it was built in 1903 (Click on photo to enlarge)

Dancing began at 7:30 or 8:00 p.m. depending on whether there was a late excursion train to allow the dancers to spend the evening. The Pavilion always closed at 11:00 p.m..

The orchestra started out with eight employed on a season contract. This orchestra doubled so as to play as a brass band part of the time. When there was no demand for dancing, were placed on the old steamboat the "Will Dailey" and they encircled the lake with many an excursion parties. They played every evening except Sunday as the Park was closed on Sunday. In 1895 the orchestra was increased to ten pieces. Members of the band had slight personnel changes due to various reason. They came from Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, and Cleveland.

The orchestra had a dormitory building with airy sleeping rooms. They had ample time for fishing and swimming as their front porch was located on the lake side.

The pavilion inside of 5 years outgrew itself and in 1903 and had to be doubled in size. Opening night, Decoration Day, 1903, saw a crowd attend as if it were in a circus tent.

Over 400 Oak Trees were used for piling. It had a 15,000 sq. ft. hard maple wood floor. A million shingles were required for this building , many being used on the sides protecting the balconies and all over the tower as well as for the roof, which had eleven dormers and six cupolas. Nearly 16 car loads of timbers, lumber, etc., came from Falls Lumber Co. in Cuyahoga Falls. The Pavilion cost about $50,000.

Information obtained from the manuscript entitled "An Historical Anthology of Silver Lake" by William R. Lodge February, 1947.

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Contents | Bears | Train | General | Indians/River | About Silver Lake | Dedication Speech | Amusement Park | Photo Gallery | Gallery II | Gallery III | Airport | Lodge Sr.| Geo. Lodge | W.R. Lodge | J. Stow | Wm Wetmore | Steamboats | W.Island | Slide | Swan | School | Incorporation | S.L.Photos | Beautiful S.L. | Eve. Shadows | Genealogy | R.H.Lodge,Jr Obituary | O.E.Lodge,Obituary | Links | Kinsey Collection | Slide Show |