What the park is
In one of the most charming and picturesque spots of the Allegheny mountains is the attractive Summer Resort — Mountain Lake Park. "Beautiful for situation," "the delight of all who visit it;" "a success socially, intellectually and religiously," is the verdict of the many thousands who have spent a summer here, and enjoyed the cool air, the restful, quiet beauty of this mountain top, the fine scenery, the tall, majestic, overhanging oak trees, the enchanting drives, the delightful boating on Mountain Lake, the superb program at the auditorium, and the hearty welcomes from many voices.
Mountain Lake Park is an incorporated community. Its streets and avenues "wind gracefully in and out among the trees" and along the glades. The streets are fifty feet in width. About two hundred dwellings — cosy cottages, large, handsome houses, inviting hotels and pleasant boarding houses all supplied with porches, are scattered here and there through the vast forest of oaks. As a general thing the buildings are set back from the streets some fifteen or more feet. The lots are 50 x 120 feet in size. The streets are lighted by electricity.
Chautauqua Park — a beautiful grove of ten acres — contains Assembly Hall, with its several class rooms and chapel, the cheerful, comfortable auditorium, and the office of the Mountain Lake Park Association. During the month of August two band concerts are given daily in the Park. Scattered through the park one will find comfortable benches and rustic seats. The Hall of Philosophy is located in St. Paul grove. On the corner of Oakland avenue and I street is the School of Oratory.
The drives are charming. No finer road beds are to be found in the country. Miles and miles of pleasurable drives are all around us. There are public conveyances which meet the trains. Carriages for driving and saddle horses may be had at the livery stables. Excursion hacks are always ready to go to interesting points.
A dozen or more interesting places are close by and easy of access. Swallow Falls and Muddy Falls are not a dozen miles away, and are well worth visiting. En route you pass through Oakland, the county seat of Garrett County, cross the Youghiogheny river and for miles travel a road full of interest. Allegheny Heights or Eagle Rock, high up on the mountain peaks, furnish a delightful view of "God's handiwork." One may glance into three or four States. En route to Eagle Rock, a stop may be made at Boiling Springs, a wild, picturesque place. On the return home, the drive may be through Deer Park, where are located the B. & O. summer hotels. Sunnyside, Brookside, Eglon, Aurora, are only a few hours distant. An enjoyable all day ride may be had by leaving the Park in the morning and driving by way of "Monte Vista" and Gortner's Mills to the pike, thence over the pike to Ft. Pendleton — passing Table Rock, from which one of the finest views of the Allegheny Mountains is had —and home by the "White Church".
...(From Mountain Chautauqua, 1897).
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland.
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Mountain Lake Park Association
Mountain Lake Park (Md.); Garrett County (Md.), Pictorial works.
Garrett County (Md.), 1897