Saturday, March 24, 2007 1:16 AM
I visited Branson the last few days and paid a visit to the defunct DOGPATCH property. (BTW, SOMEthing is going on down there.) In seeing Dogpatch's buildings all "standing" and seeing news about Chippewa Lake, I wondered what remnants of past amusement parks are out there. Here are the ones I know of:

DOGPATCH - Buildings, signs, train tracks and Rampage water ride.

OPRYLAND - Portions of Grizzly River Rampage sit between parking lot and Opryland Hotel.

AMERICANA, OH/CHIPPEWA LAKE - Enough said

PLAYLAND, IL - Old Maintenance building is now trailer park maintenance building.

ADVENTURELAND, IL - Ride pavement areas and train rails around the property.

SANTA'S VILLAGE, IL - Buildings and waterpark parts

What do you know of?

Ken

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Saturday, March 24, 2007 8:39 AM
^To the above, I'd like to add:

Dover Lake Park, Ohio.
Wildwood Water Park, Columbia Station, Ohio


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Saturday, March 24, 2007 8:51 AM
FScottS's avatar Aside from the Euclid Beach arch there are still some patches of concrete in at least one area of the former park's property. I think that it may have been from the car ride. THere's little left of the pier and the fountain foundation is still down on the beach.
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Saturday, March 24, 2007 9:11 AM
It's been a while (2002), but there still were some buildings left standing at Indiana's Old Indiana Fun Park. This included buildings, parking booths, etc. It may have disappeared by now.
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Saturday, March 24, 2007 10:29 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Six Flags Magic Mountain ;)
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Saturday, March 24, 2007 10:35 AM
^LOL, saw that coming. Rumor is: SFMM is getting a make-over. They're going to call it: Charlie The Unicorns Candy Mountain. ;)


Six Flags New Orleans is another for the list.


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Saturday, March 24, 2007 11:50 AM
Hamel's Park in Shreveport, LA... pass by it almost everyday of the week. The log flume and most of the buildings are still standing, some are used by the church that bought the property. I've thought about attending one of their services just so I could wander around and take pictures of the place. ;)
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Saturday, March 24, 2007 12:59 PM
I should've remembered Old Indiana since I worked there in its final year.
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Saturday, March 24, 2007 1:16 PM
A lot of info on this stuff can be found at:

http://www.defunctparks.com


To being an "us" for once - instead of a "them".

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Saturday, March 24, 2007 5:44 PM
Moxahala Park in Zanesville, OH, supposedly has a lot of remnants still around. I think the property is owned by a carnival company and is used for storage.

Idora Park until fairly recently...

Fantasy Farm--a few buildings, maybe the sign.

Guntown Mountain--portions of the park are still operating, but the amusement area is pretty much abandoned.

Heritage USA--tons of stuff, I think the property is currently being redeveloped.

Is there anything left of Magic Valley?

Don't forget Glen Echo Park--probably the most sucessful defunct park! :)

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Saturday, March 24, 2007 6:08 PM
Shady Lake Park in Streetsboro, OH still had the sign standing and the Humprey Popcorn Manufacturing building the last time I was through the area. Part of the land, however, has been redeveloped (and I was 3 when I was there, so I don't remember the visit real well).
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Saturday, March 24, 2007 8:00 PM
crazy horse's avatar Boblo island still has the space needle and dance hall as seen here...

http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/amuse.asp?id=300&type=2

(near bottum of page)


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Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007 8:54 PM

CastleKing said:
I visited Branson the last few days and paid a visit to the defunct DOGPATCH property. (BTW, SOMEthing is going on down there.) In seeing Dogpatch's buildings all "standing" and seeing news about Chippewa Lake, I wondered what remnants of past amusement parks are out there. Here are the ones I know of:

DOGPATCH - Buildings, signs, train tracks and Rampage water ride.


Where is/was DogPatch? I'm heading down there before to long, I'll have to get some photos of what's left.

As far as other remnants go, I believe the coaster at Lincoln Park is still more or less there, although most of it has fallen over.


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Saturday, March 24, 2007 11:26 PM
Lets go for the lesser known...

Asheville NC's Recreation Park. Buildings still remain including the snack bar, the awning for the train depot and the block building that housed the train and doubled as a tunnel, the merry-go-round roof, and the "wet boats" pool.

Someone once mentioned to me there used to be a park in Cherokee NC (in addition to Santa's Land and that smaller park with the kiddy coaster). There is a stretch of grass the road that leads to Maggie Valley from Cherokee that is fenced in and contains what appears to be footers... Anyone have details on this? *** Edited 3/25/2007 3:27:59 AM UTC by jshorerzd***

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Saturday, March 24, 2007 11:51 PM
Oh yeah! Asbury Park NJ's Palace Amusements (no coasters, but had that larger version of a Bayern Curve, a neat fun house and A GHOST TRAIN! I believe the building was demolished, however some of the facade was saved (wasn't there a petition or campaign to save Tillie or something?). Just google "Palace Amusements Asbury Park" (without quotes) and you'll get a plethora of history.

There was also a small park (in the '80s) on the inland side of the boardwalk just down the street and another small park inside the convention center or the Casino building. Not sure of the status there, but definately not in operation as far as I last read or saw...

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Sunday, March 25, 2007 1:17 AM
Most of the reminents of Peony Park (Omaha, NE)...footings, cement train tunnel, ect. lived for a long time until they built a Blockbuster video and a Hyvee grocery.

Excelsior Park in MN still has some of the cements as well, I think one of the buildings is still standing, havn't been there in awhile.


What about existing parks with former structures?


Kings Island - Bat footers, monorail stuff

Worlds of Fun - former plunge pads, old scenery stuff, old screamroller station (now Timberwolf), I saw some Zinger footings before the lifthill, can be seen from Zulu exit.

BGE/BGW - Drachen Fire station house, as well as trains and maintanence shed


-Congo Falls - 90 rides (one day) -Murder of the Orient Express (1980-2003)
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Sunday, March 25, 2007 1:25 AM
Mamoosh's avatar What about existing parks with former structures?

Six Flags Magic Mountain.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007 1:41 AM
Oooo! Good change in perspective! Leftover ride pads, etc.

The EDGE footers at SFGAmerica adjacent to King Chaos.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007 1:51 AM
I'll add another park-

Land of Oz (Banner Elk, North Carolina) This small Oz-themed park was very successful upon opening in 1970, however mismanagement led to its downfall in the late 70s and closure in 1980. Today the yellow brick road and a few of the structures are still in place, however most of the property has been developed by the adjacent ski resort.


jshorerzd said:Someone once mentioned to me there used to be a park in Cherokee NC (in addition to Santa's Land and that smaller park with the kiddy coaster). There is a stretch of grass the road that leads to Maggie Valley from Cherokee that is fenced in and contains what appears to be footers... Anyone have details on this?

Perhaps Frontierland? Though I believe it was located where Harrah's Cherokee Casino is now.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007 9:28 AM
Bay Shore Amusement Park, in the Fort Howard/Sparrows Point area of Baltimore, MD. This park sat from the late 1940's until the early 1990's owned by Bethlehem Steel and undeveloped. Turned over to the State of Maryland for use as a park. Remnants still standing are the center court fountain (now restored) the streetcar stop shed (also restored) and many concrete walk ways.

Gwynn Oak Park, in the Woodlawn area of Baltimore, closed in 1973. Many paths and concrete ride footings visible. Also concrete steps. *** Edited 3/26/2007 9:08:50 PM UTC by Coaster_Lizard*** *** Edited 3/26/2007 9:09:29 PM UTC by Coaster_Lizard***


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