Theme Park and Amusement Park History
Coney Island History Site
- New Yorks Coney Island was the top amusement area during the first half of the 20th Century.
Coney Island was actually the home of several adjacent amusement parks built and operated by different entrepreneurs.
A site by Jeffrey Stanton.
Defunct Amusement Parks
- Lots of amusement parks have gone out of business over the years.
Joel Styer has gathered information about many of them.
Early Amusement Parks of Orange County
- Richard Harris, author of Early Amusement Parks of Orange County (Arcadia Publishing, 2008), presents images from his book and his personal collection.
Destiny of the
- Anthony Tomassi explains the story behind Boardwalk and Baseball, a defunct Central
Florida theme park.
Theres also information on other failed or forgotten theme park efforts.
Lost Tourist Attractions
Let Robert H. Brown take you on a tour of roadside attractions that
welcomed tourists in the Florida of yesterday.
Heres your chance to visit
Tommy Bartletts Deer Ranch, Treasureland, Weapons of the World, and many
Frontier Village was a small Western themed amusement park in San Jose, California.
It opened in 1961 and closed forever in 1980, a victim of high land values and competition from Great America.
Knotts Berry Farm Museum
Jay Jennings, author of Knotts Berry Farm, The Early Years (Arcadia Publishing, 2009), presents Knotts memorabilia and history.
This is the official website for Knotts Preserved, a long-awaited book about the history of Knotts Berry Farm.
The book is by Christoper Merritt and J. Eric Lynxwiler, with an introduction by
Billed as “The Internets First Unofficial Look at Knott's Berry Farm,” this blog covers everything from vintage Knotts to the latest Knotts news.
Legend City, Arizonas answer to Disneyland, opened in 1963 and closed forever in 1983.
It didnt help that summer afternoon temperatures in Phoenix are often around 110°F.
Marineland of the Pacific Historical Society
A series of owners operated Marineland of the Pacific on Southern Californias Palos Verdes Peninsula from 1954 until 1987.
The final owner was the parent company of Sea World park; they promptly closed the park, thereby eliminating competition and gaining orcas and other cetaceans for Sea World parks.
National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA)
- Learn about this amusement park enthusiasts organization, and
read about the history of amusement parks and theme parks.
Ocean Park, Santa Monica
- “POP” tried to compete with Disneyland from 1958 to 1967.
See what you missed
at this simple site with postcards and brochure pages.
Amusement Park Historical Society
- Palisades Amusement Park, located atop the New Jersey Palisades cliffs,
closed forever in 1971.
Read the history of the park, see photos, and shop for souvenirs at this Web site.
Roller Coaster History
- This series of articles describes the origin and development of
This is a part of
Theme Park Memories
- See photos and brochures from defunct Southern California attractions, including pictures of the ruins of Marineland of the Pacific.
- The California beach communities of Venice and Ocean Park
were home to various amusement piers over many decades.
This is a carefully researched article with vintage photos, by Jeffrey Stanton.
- This is a great website. Its an “online museum”devoted
to all Worlds Fairsthe major ones, and the ones you never heard of.
Columbian Exposition: Idea, Experience, Aftermath
- A hypertextual exploration of the Chicagos Worlds Fair of 1893,
and its social and cultural implications for early modern and
York Worlds Fair 1939-1940
- This is Alan Andersons tribute to what he calls THE FAIR.
It includes personal recollections and links to other sites.
The Space Needle, from the 1962
Seattle Worlds Fair
- The fair is history, but the Space Needle remains as the most recognizable
symbol of Seattle.
In addition to plenty of information about what the Space Needle currently offers,
read about its
New York 1964/1965 Worlds Fair
- The New York Worlds Fair at Flushing Meadow in Queens, New York, occupied the
same site as the 1939 New York Worlds Fair.
Walt Disney introduced Pepsi Colas Its a Small World,
the State of Illinois Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,
the Ford Motor Companys Magic Skyway,
and General Electrics Progressland.
New York 1964 Worlds Fair
- This site by Jeffrey Stanton has terrific clickable maps that allow you to navigate to articles about the many pavilions of th New York 1964 Worlds Fair.
Expo 67 Montréal Worlds Fair
- Expo 67 was a huge event almost 45 years ago in Montréal, Canada.
Expo 67 - Montréal Worlds Fair
- This is another site by Jeffrey Stanton. As with his New York 1964 Worlds Fair site, there are terrific clickable maps.
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