Amusement Parks

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America's amusement industry emerged from simple swimming ponds, family picnic areas, and community gathering spots. Although the first major entrepreneurial-driven amusement resort, known as Jones Woods, grew from the banks of New York's East River in the 1800s, the Golden Age of American amusement parks began with the mid-1800s development of a Brooklyn peninsula into "America's Playland": Coney Island. Coney Island also paved the way for other developments, including America's oldest continuously operating ...

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Overview

America's amusement industry emerged from simple swimming ponds, family picnic areas, and community gathering spots. Although the first major entrepreneurial-driven amusement resort, known as Jones Woods, grew from the banks of New York's East River in the 1800s, the Golden Age of American amusement parks began with the mid-1800s development of a Brooklyn peninsula into "America's Playland": Coney Island. Coney Island also paved the way for other developments, including America's oldest continuously operating amusement park, Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, and the defunct Rocky Point Park in Warrick, Rhode Island.

By 1893, and the opening of the Chicago World's Columban Exposition, Americans were becoming familiar with the marvels of the midway. By the early 1900s, amusement parks dotted the landscape and several larger cities had more than one commercial park. Many of these parks became the stuff of lasting memories, icons of America: Playland Park in San Francisco, Elitch Gardens in Denver, Riverview in Chicago, Riverside in Indianapolis.

Many of America's grand amusement treasures have vanished, and many other parks are struggling for survival. But while many of the parks have disappeared, amusement park memories are alive and are firmly part of nostalgic America. As long as the clatter of the old coaster cars fosters nervous anticipation and the thumping of the carousel band organ remains, there will be a market for these American classics. With thoroughly researched text and historic images, author and park enthusiast Jim Hillman captures the sights, smells, and vitality of America's grand amusement park traditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747812098
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Series: Shire USA Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,019,229
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Hillman is Director and Events Coordinator of the National Amusement Park Historical Association. He is the author of several books and articles related to amusement parks. He studied business administration and sociology and has taught at several colleges and universities, including Indiana State University, Vincennes University and the University of Phoenix.

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Table of Contents

Genesis
Beyond Coney Island
Hard Times and Opportunities
The Theme Park Challenge
Lost Parks and Those That Remain
What Next?
Places to Visit
Further Reading
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Tp amber

    This is super cool-agent p

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    To below

    This is just a friendly reminder that is on a nook and this is not a freaking carnival. So stop trying honey :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Welcome to the Amusement park!!

    HERE WE HAVE RIDES FROM MANY THEME PARKs! This result are some rules for the park and where to go.

    Res two-rollercoaster
    Res three-food court
    Res four-arcade
    Res five-hotel
    Res six-gift shop
    Res seven-little kid rides and fun
    Res eight-quedtion center

    Thanks!! Any questions res eight!!!!!!!

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