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A Done Deal
Discusses various reasons why the author believes the proposal for implementation of the Wonderful World of Oz theme park will receive the approval of the Johnson County (Kansas) Board of Commissioners....
A New Spin on Fun
September 8, 2005
Description and illustrations of the new Patriot roller coaster opening in the spring at Worlds of Fun. Length: 3,081 feet; height: 149 feet; first drop: 123 feet; top speed: 60 mph; ride time: 2 minutes,...
A Post Card from Old Kansas City
A Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, and Lots of Political Clout
Discusses the details of the development of the Oz Theme Park by the Oz Entertainment Company, Incorporated, on the contaminated grounds of a former ammunitions plant.
At Sunflower, the Trouble is Below the Surface
Discusses the contaminated grounds of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, plans for its development into an Oz theme park, and challenges to those plans.
Citizens Question the Enviromental Effects of Oz Theme Park
Discusses residents' concerns regarding environmental clean-up of proposed Oz theme park.
Cool Crest Has New Ownership
May 10, 2007
The Cool Crest Family Fun Center which is primarily located in Independence, Missouri, has been acquired by Trancas Capital LLC of Aliso Viejo, California. "The 8-acre park, which opened in 1950 on U.S....
For a Reminiscing Meal, Give Harry T.'s a Whirl
History of Fairyland Park, closed after 1977, at 75th and Prospect Avenues.
Obituary for Frank Winn, developer of the Winnwood Beach amusement park and Winnwood residential areas in Clay County, Missouri (popular in the 1910s-1920s), dying at the age of 73 in 1947.
Detailed drawings and captions about the future Worlds of Fun amusement park before its naming, owned by Lamar Hunt.
Kansas City Amusement Parks
June 3, 1973
Entire section of the paper dedicated to articles and photos on Worlds of Fun and its predecessors as local amusement parks, including the following "parks": Electric, Winnwood, Fairmount, Carnival, Mount...
Kory Goes Public as Oz Faces Increased Opposition
Discusses reaction of Oz theme park developers to opposition to their development.
Lego Builds a KC Home
April 27, 2012
Article describing the new Legoland Discovery Center at Crown Center in Kansas City, which boasts 30,000 square feet and two amusement park rides, at a cost of $15 million. The attraction is set to open...
Lincoln Electric Park
August 29, 1915
Lincoln Electric Park, an amusement park for African Americans, was located at 20th and Woodland. Neaby residents protest the license granting the Lincoln Electric Park Company to operate a beer garden...
Oyler Wins Partial Victory in Suit to Block Oz Project
May 27--June 2, 1999
Discusses the lawsuit filed by a member of the Shawnee Indian tribe over ownership of the land formerly occupied by the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant and slated for development by the Oz Entertainment...
Promises of a Really Big Show
Discusses the career and activities of Robert B. Kory, the man behind the proposed Oz theme park near DeSoto, Kansas.
Winnwood Beach, the Atlantic City of the Midwest
July 31, 1996
Discussion of the history and development of Winnwood Beach by Frank Winn approximately in 1912. The resort included three lakes, a water slide, picnic area, children's beach, roller coasters, and 300...
With a Shoeshine and a Smile
Editorial on the Oz Entertainment Company, Incorporated, developers of the Oz Theme Park.
World of Memory at Worlds of Fun Museum Exhibit
July 11, 2015
Article covers the opening of the Worlds of Memories: A History of Worlds of Fun special exhibit at the Roller Coaster Model Museum in Independence, Missouri. Jeff and Jennifer Lovesee-Mast, owners of...
Worlds of Fun Builds New Coaster
Information given in this article on a new roller coaster ride called the Boomerang being built at Worlds of Fun.
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