Sat, Mar 27|
Saint Joseph Museum
Book Signing for Lake Contrary: Lost St. Joseph - Gary Westcott
Founded at a former boating club location, Lake Contrary soon grew to include amusement park, casino, racetrack and summer cottages along an old oxbow lake of the Missouri River.
Time & Location
Mar 27, 2021, 2:00 PM
Saint Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave, St Joseph, MO 64506, USA
About The Event
Lake Contrary was a trolley park, an amusement park at the end of a street trolley line. These trolley parks were built by electric streetcar companies as they searched for and developed a market for electricity, a fairly new utility in most communities. The parks were meant to encourage the public to utilize the cars and increase electricity consumption over the otherwise slow weekends. For the people of St. Joseph, a summer weekend trip to Lake Contrary meant a ride on an open-air trolley with the warm breeze hitting them in the face, as they rolled along at nine miles an hour toward an earthly paradise.