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Worlds of Fun
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
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 Fond Farewell to the Orient Express
Author bids adieu to one of Kansas City's best known roller coasters, the Orient Express, which was dismantled prior to the 2004 season at Worlds of Fun. As part of his homage to the coaster, the author...
A Glimpse of History Presented by Geo. H. Porter Funeral Home
Ad for George H. Porter Funeral Home with illustrations and a brief history about Carnival Park, an amusement park in Kansas City, Kansas, between 14th, Tauromee, 16th, and Armstrong Avenue, closed in...
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.
A World of Variety at Worlds of Fun
Review of the new Worlds of Fun amusement park, the third "major theme park" in Missouri, with photos.
A selection of 8 postcards of Amusement Parks
Arly L. Hedrick Bridge and Troost Lake Marker
January 11, 2006
The column "Postcards of Historic Northeast" features the Arly L. Hedrick Bridge as seen in 1921 at 27th Street. The bridge was built in 1919 in Troost Park by the firm of Hedrick & Hedrick and is now...
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.
Before Electric Park: A Promenade of Early Kansas City Area Amusement Parks
The early Kansas City area parks featured in this article include: (1) Washington Park which was located in Independence, Missouri, and opened on July 4, 1887; (2) Fairmount Park which was located in the...
Before Electric: A History of Kansas City's First Amusement Parks
A 38 page photocopied typescript manuscript listing early parks in this area including Troost Park, Chelsea Park, Washington Park, Forest Park, Fairmount Park and Carnival Park.
Biography of Arthur E. Stilwell (1859-1928), Railroad President
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....
Folder contains an Electric Park publication entitled "Electric Park, Kansas City's Coney Island". It gives the details of the week's activities at the park beginning the week of May 17, 1908. It indicates...
Picture of the entrance of Heim Electric Park, East Bottoms.
Full page advertisement for Electric Park. Various musical and comedic entertainments are listed.
Electric Park: Kansas City's Coney Island 1900-1925
A 45-page paper on the history of Electric Park with the information arranged chronologically. Chapter 9, "Souvenirs," contains a listing of known postcards of Electric Park. Includes copies of maps and...
Fairmount Park, Bathing Scene
Postcard of Bathing Scene at Fairmount Park
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