Amusement Parks

Amusement Parks

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Author: Jim Hillman
About this book
From Jones’s Woods, America’s first amusement resort, to Coney Island during the golden age of the mid-1900s, and well beyond into the twenty-first century, the thrills of the amusement park have been a treasured part of childhood for Americans from coast to coast. Though many of the country’s grand amusement treasures have now vanished, and many other parks are struggling for survival, their memory and legacy are very much alive: there will be a fascination with these American classics as long as the clatter of the old coaster cars and the thumping of the carousel band organ remains. Through thoroughly researched text and historic images, Amusement Parks author and park enthusiast Jim Hillman captures the sights, smells, and continuing vitality of a grand American tradition.
  • 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
Paperback; May 2013; 64 pages; ISBN: 9780747812098