LVM Flashback!

When I was in junior high school I would occasionally hang out in the Logan Valley Mall in the booming metropolis of Altoona, PA. The majority of my time was spent in 2 places inside the mall: B. Dalton Booksellers and Crocodile Alley. The latter of the two was a pool hall and arcade. I spent hours and hours playing Street Fighter 2, Golden Axe, and various forms of pinball. The time I spent in Crocodile Alley was directly responsible for my purchase of a Super Nintendo and accompanying Street Fighter 2 cartridge.

On December 16, 1994 the Logan Valley Mall burned in a huge fire. Large swaths of the mall were consumed by the fire, including Crocodile Alley. The fire supposedly started in the Murphy’s drugstore. Murphy’s was similar to a CVS or Walgreens. An electrical short was blamed for the fire.

The back story to the fire is that Altoona had been lobbying for a new mall for awhile. If I remember correctly, the proposal was shot down. Then the fire happened. There was speculation that the owners of the mall had it burned so that they could revamp the building. It was decided in the fire report that the mall burned because of the previously mentioned electrical short.

Eventually, they rebuilt the mall and now it is very nice. I’ll always miss Crocodile Alley though. While going through some stuff from high school I found a token from the arcade. Finding it was quite a blast from the past. It was certainly a happy discovery.

Crocodile Alley token from the Logan Valley Mall in the early 1990\'s

This entry was posted in General. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to LVM Flashback!

  1. Richard says:

    Ah the memories.. I used to go there as well though I never had much dough to play for very long. I used to hang with Brad Bailey there.

  2. AxsDeny says:

    As did I. I think the time we spent there was probably split evenly in the time that Brad spent there.

  3. M.K. 2 says:

    Yea, I remember that place. I actually think they burned the mall down to specifically destroy Crocodile Alley. I remember Caesar, and all of the other personalities there.

    I have a collection of tokens, though, from the old Showbiz Pizza Place, and also Alladin’s Castle.

    The only token that I do not have, is the Crocodile Alley one. If you are willing to part with it I would buy it. If you do not desire to sell, I completely understand.

    I am a Christian, and we do not covet. This is just a mere inquiry. Also I am looking for pictures of the interiors of the 1994 Logan Valley Mall, Sir Skate, Altoona Skate, and Lakemont Skate, and would pay cash for any compilation of images of these places.

    My email is, and all responses are to be forwarded to that address.

    Thank You,

    J. Vaughn

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *