Interlaken Park

Interlaken Avenue around 1905.

In the postcard below, Interlaken Avenue leaves to the right of the main road. A trolley is crossing the steel bridge across the Weirs Channel.

The following plan of Interlaken Park comes from the 1899 book “The Illustrated Laconian”. Purportedly, a local businessman intended to build an alpine village on the site. Additionally, in the late 1800’s, Lake Winnipesaukee was oft referred to as the “Switzerland of America”. Hence, all the Swiss names for the streets: Oberland, Wetterhorn, St. Bernard, Grindelwald, Geneva, Lucern, Alpenrose, and Vevey. Lucerne Avenue, which parallels Interlaken Avenue on the 1899 map below, still exists. Alpenrose Avenue continues in altered form, as the Alpenrose Plaza. All the other named streets are long gone. Most of the area north of Lucerne Avenue is now part of the 27-acre Weirs Community Park.

Below is the current-day configuration of the same area. Clearly, the development did not work out as planned for the 1899 investors. Notice that part of Interlaken Avenue still shows on the modern-day map. But this is a ghost road that does not exist. The large parcel on the map showing as belonging to the City of Laconia was formerly a girl’s camp known as Camp Acadia and is now the Weirs Community Park.

This circa 1959 aerial photo of Weirs Beach shows that at least part of Interlaken Avenue, visible in the bottom right corner of the photo, was still in existence at that time. Today, no remnant remains of Interlaken Avenue, with the part visible in this aerial replaced by a miniature golf course.

The Interlaken boulder in 1899, from the “Illustrated Laconian”.

Here is a view of Weirs Beach from Interlaken Park circa 1900.

Here are two identical circa-1915 views of Weirs Beach from the boulder at Interlaken Park. First view is colorized, second is B&W.

Here are three identical views of Weirs Beach from Interlaken Park circa 1920 – one by day, another by day in different colors, and the other by night.

Here are two more identical views of Weirs Beach from Interlaken Park. The colorized version was postmarked in 1905.

A sharper view of the Weirs waterfront, from a different Interlaken vantage point.

Here is a view of Weirs Beach from Interlaken Park circa 1930. Compare to the 1920’s photos above. Note the absence of the New Hotel Weirs and the addition of Irwin’s Winnipesaukee Gardens.

A souvenir plate with the same view.

Below is a view of Weirs Beach circa 1935.  The private wharves have been removed, replaced by the Weirs Seaplane Base. Jean’s Cafe has been built on the location of the former Third Regiment building.

A late 1930s linen postcard, with a similar view to the previous card. This card was postmarked in 1940.

A  1940’s linen postcard view. The Weirs Cafe is gone, having burnt in 1939. The Mount is seen as the diesel version. The empty space between two of the Lakeside buildings is erroneous. The postcard artist did not draw in the 9th&11th regiment building for some reason.

Here is a view of Weirs Beach from Interlaken Park circa 1945. The old Mount has been replaced by the new diesel Mount, but the caption still calls it a “Steamer”.

A view of Weirs Beach from Interlaken Park circa 1947.

A linen postcard view from Interlaken Park, postmarked in 1948.

A circa 1947 view, entitled “Thru the Birches, Weirs, Lake Winnipesaukee, White Mts., N.H.”

A 1950’s postcard shows a view down Meredith Bay from Interlaken. The Interlaken boulder and flagpole is visible at  the top right of the photo.

A similar view from a postcard postmarked in 1917 shows the boulder and flagpole splitting the familiar profile of Stonedam Island in the distance.

An interesting view from 1884, taken by the early Weirs photographer F.J. Moulton. Notable because the only Veterans building that can be seen on Lakeside Avenue is the 3rd Regiment building. Also visible in the photo is the Hotel Weirs, the Weirs Cafe, and the Lady of the Lake steamer.

A magnified detail from the previous image.