Seattle P-I looks at the history of amusement parks in the region

Posted Friday, July 30, 2010 12:09 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Seattle had several amusement parks more than a century ago. The Leschi Park Gambling Casino operated on the shores of Lake Washington from 1888 to 1909 and Madison Park's White City was built at the end of an electric trolley line, according to Historylink.org. But the city's first major amusement park was built not far from where the city's first pioneers, led by Arthur Denny, landed in November 1851. Called Luna Park, it was similar to Coney Island in New York and became part of the city when nearly six square miles of West Seattle was annexed by Seattle in 1907 – a year when Ballard, South Park and other cities also joined Seattle.

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