Defunct Amusemt Parks - North America

 

I created a POI containing all the amusement parks that are no longer open in North America. I got the list off of Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_defunct_amusement_parks). For some of the parks that were listed I either could not find a complete history and/or I could not find a definite location. I marked them in the file (http://www.poi-factory.com/node/22340) with yellow boxes. If anyone has any information on them or knows where they were located just let me know. Also, if you know of a park that is not on the list, let me know about it.

I plan on converting this file to a gpx in the future so I can include more of the history for each location than what the csv file will allow.

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For some reason I can imagine someone downloading this file and then mistakenly thinking it's for active amusement parks. And then they go on vacation and arrive at a boarded up amusement park (sorta like National Lampoon's Vacation)! wink

LOL. I was thinking the same

LOL. I was thinking the same thing.

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Re: Defunct Amusement Parks

Roseland amusement park in Canandaigua NY (north shore of the lake) operated from 1925 to 1985.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseland_Park

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Miracle Strip Amusement Park - Panama City, FL

Now this bring back memories. The Miracle Strip Amusement Park was in full force before the big build up on the Emerald Coast. Our first visits were in the late 60's and early 70's. It was lots of fun!

more than I thought

I knew a couple of closed parks I didn't think would have made the list. Not only were they there, but I found a couple of others that are now closed that I thought were still operational. sad

Parks

My wife really enjoyed the National Lampoons reference. She's a big movie buff.

I will add the Roseland Park when I convert it to a gpx file.

Thanks for the help.

Glen Echo

...was in Bethesda, MD and is not listed at all. It closed in the mid-60's after the riots. It re-opened, sorta, as a cultural place to go with art boutiques or some such there now. But in its heyday, my youth, it was a great place for hot summer days.

GC

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GPX file

I plan on converting this file to GPX as soon as I get some time. Farming season began so I have been putting in 12+ hour days.

Great Idea! Here's another one...Bertrand's Island

I didn't look up the coordinates, and didn't see this one in the csv file you posted. The park was Bertrand's Island in Mt. Arlington, NJ - on the shore of Lake Hopatcong. I went there many times as a kid. A great description is provided at this link for the town of Landing, NJ. Enjoy!

http://www.landingnewjersey.com/bertrand.htm

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Thanks

I try to get it added when I convert it to gpx.

Fond memories

schmidwr wrote:

I didn't look up the coordinates, and didn't see this one in the csv file you posted. The park was Bertrand's Island in Mt. Arlington, NJ - on the shore of Lake Hopatcong. I went there many times as a kid. A great description is provided at this link for the town of Landing, NJ. Enjoy!

http://www.landingnewjersey.com/bertrand.htm

Remember Bertrand Island as a kid in the 50's. When the reference to the old amusements parks was posted, I looked it up but didn't find it. Unfortunately I couldn't remember the name. Glad to see it will be added to the POI file.

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Benson's Wild Animal Park

If you were from New England I'm sure you will remember Benson's Wild Animal Farm, it was a long-running private zoo and amusement park in Hudson, New Hampshire. 1924 - 1987 I worked there for many years.

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In Phoenix, AZ

There was "Legend City", located (33.44648, -111.95758) between Phoenix and Tempe, and operated from about 1963 to 1983.

http://www.legend-city.com/

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Lived in Mt. Arlington in the early 70's...

I clearly remember the wooden roller coaster, the Lost River flume ride and 'nickel nights'...

Have been back to the area in the last year or so and the island is now all condominiums....but the memories are still fresh!

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I was looking over the file and I found an

old friend. Opryland in Nashville. I used to go there several times during the summer. It was torn down several years ago and the site is now a mall. SOO SAD!

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Opryland

That's the one that got me started in the first place. I was reading about it on Wikipedia and then that's how I found the list.

Conneaut Lake Park

In a very rare occurrence for the amusement park industry, CLP reopened for 2009 after having been closed for two years. It is no longer defunct. See http://www.conneautlakepark.com/news.html

Carousel Still Working

GC0110 wrote:

...was in Bethesda, MD and is not listed at all. It closed in the mid-60's after the riots. It re-opened, sorta, as a cultural place to go with art boutiques or some such there now. But in its heyday, my youth, it was a great place for hot summer days.

GC

I was there a few years ago and the carousel was still operating. I think what is left is now a national park.

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Gone, but not forgotten !!

Revere Beach (est. 1896), in Revere MA. This was a strip of 3.5 miles of amusements, hotels and food. Two US Presidents stayed there. The Congress has recognized it as the first Public Beach in the US. I grew up 1 mile from it and spent many days and nights there. Kelly's Roast Beef is still open (est. around 1956) and has been featured on the Food Channel. This was the beach that I introduced my girlfriend to underwater submarine racing. All that is left is a few food places.

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Puritas Springs Park in Cleveland OH

While this park with its legendary roller coaster closed before I was old enough to go or even have memories of it, I still run across people who remember it fondly.

Here's a website devoted to its history http://westparkhistory.com/PuritasSprings/PuritasSprings.htm

I do remember going to Euclid Beach Park and Geauga Lake Park, both also closed now, but I see that wikipedia already has them listed so you probably have them as well.

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All of them are closed!!

I downloaded this file a while back, and my whole family wasted a whole weekend trying to go to a couple of these amusement parks, but the ones we visited were closed!! They looked like they had been closed for a very long time!! This POI file is in real need of an update!! wink

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@.groundhog

If you mean the file of the OP.Here is what he stated.

I created a POI containing all the amusement parks that are no longer open in North America. I got the list off of Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_defunct_amusement_parks).

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Look at post 2 in this strand

groundhog wrote:

I downloaded this file a while back, and my whole family wasted a whole weekend trying to go to a couple of these amusement parks, but the ones we visited were closed!! They looked like they had been closed for a very long time!! This POI file is in real need of an update!! wink

GadgetGuy2008 should go into Fortune Telling!

Thanks for calling this file to attention. It should be a fun one to have pop up. I'd miss these otherwise.

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Errors on my part?

I downloaded this great file for my Garmin, and when I try to load it via the poi loader from Garmin, it says there is a data format error on line 12. It loaded everything up to what it says in an error point. I have looked at the file in notepad and there is nothing I found. I loaded it in excel just for seeing what it calls line 12. I sure would like to get this working. Any help would be appreciated...
Thanks..

Error is on previous line

Pikman wrote:

I downloaded this great file for my Garmin, and when I try to load it via the poi loader from Garmin, it says there is a data format error on line 12. It loaded everything up to what it says in an error point. I have looked at the file in notepad and there is nothing I found. I loaded it in excel just for seeing what it calls line 12. I sure would like to get this working. Any help would be appreciated...
Thanks..

but I couldn't find the error. This really needs to be in a GPX format due to the enormous notes involved. If you convert it to gpx as I did, it will work. Use EPE.

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Thanks, I had not thought of

Thanks, I had not thought of that. Gonna give it a try. BTW, there are a couple that I know of that are not in the list. I will gather some info and post it. One is Glen Echo Park in Maryland, and the other is Marshal Hall in Md. I spent some time at both of those as a youngster...

I converted it as you

I converted it as you suggested and it works perfectly. Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.

Ahhhhh.. Roseland Park. Know it well !!

pwohlrab wrote:

Roseland amusement park in Canandaigua NY (north shore of the lake) operated from 1925 to 1985.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseland_Park

Owned by the Boyce brothers, who also owned a trucking company. The company was located where Shepard Ford use to have their car lot (right side just as one started down the pier).

Also, the original merry go round at Roseland was bought and completely reconditioned.. and now is located on the second floor of the food court at Carousel Mall.

I rode on it many times as a kid when it was in Canadaigua.. and a couple of times as a adult while at the mall.

Here's a link to it..

http://www.carouselcenter.com/index.php?page=information

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Thanks "Pwohlrab". You sure did bring back memories when you mentioned Roseland. If we could only.......

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Didn't know about Boyce Brothers.

Nuvi1300WTGPS wrote:
pwohlrab wrote:

Roseland amusement park in Canandaigua NY (north shore of the lake) operated from 1925 to 1985.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseland_Park

Owned by the Boyce brothers, who also owned a trucking company. The company was located where Shepard Ford use to have their car lot (right side just as one started down the pier).

Also, the original merry go round at Roseland was bought and completely reconditioned.. and now is located on the second floor of the food court at Carousel Mall.

I rode on it many times as a kid when it was in Canadaigua.. and a couple of times as a adult while at the mall.

Here's a link to it..

http://www.carouselcenter.com/index.php?page=information

Nuvi1300WTGPS

Thanks "Pwohlrab". You sure did bring back memories when you mentioned Roseland. If we could only.......

And they brought back Roseland, but as a waterpark. Further north across 5 & 20. Very watered down. A waterpark only. They are suffering with attendance.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseland_Waterpark

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