In an age before jets,
air-conditioning, and superhighways, Lake Hopatcong was a major
northeast resort. It lay within easy reach of large cities to the
east, and its size and setting at over nine hundred feet above sea
level made it a perfect holiday destination. From the late
nineteenth century through World War II, more than 40 lake hotels
and rooming houses welcomed thousands of vacationers each year.
After the war, the lake continued to be a popular spot for renting a
bungalow or buying a summer cottage. But for many, Lake Hopatcong
will always be remembered as the home of Bertrand Island Park.
Although Bertrand Island Park
closed in 1983, there is no place in northwestern New Jersey that is
more fondly remembered. For some 70 years, the park thrilled
youngsters and adults alike. The park opened during the peak of Lake
Hopatcong's resort years, and its popularity continued as the lake
evolved from a hotel resort to a community of second homes and
finally into a year-round locale. Generations of school groups,
church outings, company picnics, and residents from throughout the
region delighted in the wooden roller coaster, the magical carousel,
and the scores of other rides and games.
About the author
Authors Martin and Laura Kane have
compiled over two hundred photographs from the Lake Hopatcong
Historical Museum's extensive archives and numerous private
collections. Relive the days when big bands, beauty pageants, Nickel
Nights, Kiddieland, and the boardwalk brought thousands each day to
Bertrand Island Park. Return to one of New Jersey's most beloved
attractions in Greetings From Bertrand Island Amusement Park.