Remembering Lost & Forgotten Roadside Tourist Attractions & Amusement Parks On The West Coast


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Roadside Tourist Attractions

& Amusement Parks On The West Coast

Marineland of the Pacific

With the unofficial arrival of summer comes the wonderful memories of treasured family summer vacations of the past as well as quite a few weekend road trips and stops along the way at eye-catching signs and kitschy trading posts. My goal here was to briefly reflect on those that are abandoned, lost, forgotten or no longer in existence – or in other words – defunct. I simply wanted to acknowledge or pay tribute to these closed, abandoned or destroyed places of enjoyment from our youth. They may be gone but they are definitely NOT FORGOTTEN. These include but are not limited to theme parks, amusement parks, animal parks, roadside attractions, ball parks, stadiums, speedway, racetracks, concert venues, military installations, super parks, off-the-wall eye-catchers, cheesy or kitschy tourist traps, museums, water parks, etc. They all offer one thing in common – pleasant childhood memories of growing up in

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Lion Country Safari

times that are so very different than they are today. Now that these places are closed, all we have left are our memories to share with others who can more or less relate. So here begins a small journey or an escape, if you will, to recollected fun places and locations from family vacations and short excursions of years past – a majority of which are in California, but also including a number of places in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, British Columbia, Canada plus a few more elsewhere, but by no

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Hobbiton USA

means is this list complete…..(as I seriously doubt that could ever be possible) – but just a good start on that stroll down memory lane. The years that appear following the location are the opening and closing years of the attraction (if known). I’ve also included a number of sports facilities, music venues & military bases that offer special or unusual attractions to this ever-growing list. Also to make these listings somewhat easier to find, they’re listed alphabetically. Please feel free to comment, update, or to add your own input. This list is by no means, complete. Please feel free to suggest

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Lost World

additional places that should be included here – places that drew attention to motorists on that long road trip adventure – at some time in the past. I’m always interested to find out what others have come across in their travels >>> Enjoy 🙂

► On-going additions as well as updates continue on this post, with the latest entries being added on 1/17/2017 – Links are also being added from time-to-time on attraction listings so you can search additional sources for more details and/or history, whenever possible. In some cases, Wikipedia links are used when no others can be found. 

Are you aware of other places of interest that you have been to that are not listed here? Let me know – Also try to give some details about the attraction. Suggestions, comments and ideas are always welcome and encouraged.

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    1. 24 Hour Church Of Elvis – Portland, OR (1985-2002) – link
    2. Abbot Kinney Pier – Venice, CA  (1905-1920) – link
    3. Adventureland – Winfield BC, CANADA (1967-1980s) attractions included Time Machine, Noah’s Ark, Western Town, super slide, simulated submarine, a petting zoo & more  link  …………………………………………………..adventureland-winfield-bc3adventureland-winfield-bcadventureland-winfield-bc4

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      Adventureland (all 4 pics above)

    4. Africa USA – Soledad Canyon/Los Angeles, CA (1962-1969) wild animal preserve where several TV shows , movies and commercials were filmed – In 1987 the property was purchased and restored by actress Tippi Hedren and is now called Shambala Preserve – link#1  / link#2

      Daktari TV Series (1966-69) filmed @ Africa USA – Soledad Canyon

    5. Alameda Naval Air Station – Alameda, CA (1936-1997)
    6. Alcazar Theatre / United Nations Theatre – San Francisco, CA (1911-1961)  historic link
    7. Alpine Slide @ Boreal Ridge Ski Area – Donner Summit – near Truckee, CA (1970’s-1980’s?)
    8. Altamont Speedway / Altamont Raceway / Altamont Motorsports Park (infamous 1969 Rolling Stones Concert) – Altamont Pass, CA (1966-2008) – link#1 / link#2

      Altamont Speedway

    9. American Advertising Museum – Portland, OR (1986-2004) – link
    10. American Heritage Wax Museum – Scottsdale, AZ

      American Heritage Wax Museum - Scottsdale, AZ

      American Heritage Wax Museum

    11. American Meteorite Museum / Meteor Crater Observatory – Meteor City along old Route 66 near Winslow, AZ (1946-1953), then the museum moved to Sedona, AZ (1953-1960) – link #1 / link #2
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      American Meteorite Museum (Route 66)

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      Meteorite Museum (Sedona)

    12. Amusement City (?) – Lincoln City, OR (1970’s – 1980’s ??)  carnival type rides & attractions 
    13. Antelope Valley Raceway (Palmdale International Raceway) (Drag Strip) – Palmdale, CA (1964-1980)

      Apacheland Movie Ranch

    14. Apacheland Movie Ranch/Studio – Gold Canyon/Apache Junction, AZ (1960-2004) – link#1 / link#2  ……………………………

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      Apacheland Movie Ranch

    15. Arizona Alligator Farm / Jack Adam’s Alligator Farm – Mesa/Tempe, AZ  (1950’s-1960’s) – link ……………………………..
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      Arizona / Jack Adam’s Alligator Farm

    16. Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum – Phoenix, AZ (1953-2011) link

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      Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum

    17. Ascot Park / Los Angeles Speedway – LA/Gardena, CA (1957-1990) – link

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      Ascot Park

    18. Astroland / Astro City Children’s Park – White Center (West Seattle)  (1966-1989) Featured a then-futuristic space-age playground  newspaper link  astroland-playground-west-seattle

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      Astroland / Astro City Children’s Park

    19. Aztec Bowl (stadium) – San Diego, CA (1936-1966)
    20. Balboa Fun Zone (Balboa Peninsula) – Newport Beach, CA (1936-1972) & (1986-2006) – link  …………………………………….

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      Balboa Fun Zone

    21. Bandon Cheese Factory – Bandon, OR (early 1900’s-2002) cheese tour & tasting – bought out by the Tillamook Cheese Company and then closed 

      Bandon Cheese Factory

    22. Barbie Doll Hall of Fame – Palo Alto, CA (closed 1999)
    23. Barnes City Zoo / Barnes Circus Zoo– [Barnes City] Venice (1914-1919)/Culver City (1920-1926)/Baldwin Park, CA (1927-1929) – link

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      Barnes Circus Zoo (winter home)

    24. BayFair Shopping Center Kiddieland / Playland – San Leandro, CA (1957-196?) – link
    25. Baylands Raceway Park / Fremont Drag Strip – Fremont, CA (1959-1988) link #1 / link #2 / Facebook Page  …………………..

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      Baylands Raceway Park

    26. Bay Meadows (Horse Racing Track) – San Mateo, CA (1934-2008) – link

      Bay Meadows

    27. Bedrock City (Flintstones Park) – Chilliwack, BC, CANADA (1975-1994) eventually sold & renamed Dino Town in 1994 (*check out the listing further down this list known as Dino Town)

      Bedrock City (Flintstones Park) – Chilliwack, BC

    28. Bedrock City (Flintstones Park) – Kelowna, BC, CANADA (19??-1998) link
    29. Bell Gardens Farm & Railroad – Valley Center, CA (1993-2003??) – link

      Bell Gardens Farm Railroad

    30. Belmont Park (Original Belmont Park) – San Diego (Mission Beach) – (1955-1976) see listing for Mission Beach Amusement Park further down this list for more insight  link ………………. ……………….

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      Belmont Park  (original incarnation)

    31. Bernheimer Oriental Gardens – Pacific Palisades, CA (1924-194?) – link

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      Bernheimer Oriental Gardens

    32. Beverly Park Kiddieland – Los Angeles, CA (1945 -1974) was located on the corner of Beverly Blvd. & La Cienaga (where the Beverly Center stands now)  link#1 / link#2 / out-of-print ‘E’ Ticket magazine link#3 / newspaper article link#4 / https://youtu.be/RUYc3uZbRW4  / Facebook linkbeverly-park-kiddieland
    33. Beverly Ponyland – Los Angeles, CA – located next door to Beverly Park Kiddieland (see the listing above this one for more info) beverly_park_ponyland
    34. Bible Land (sand sculptures) – originally located in Temecula – then moved to Calimesa in 1973 (late 1960’s – early 1990’s) –  link#1 / link#2

      Bible Land (Last Supper sand sculpture)

    35. Big Bear Park / Big Bear Water Resort (Waterslide Park / RV Park) – Waterford, CA (1970’s-2003) featured 11 water slides at one time – link
    36. Birch Bay Resort / Shore Acres Resort – Birch Bay (just south of Blaine), WA (1950-1978) at one time featured a small amusement park, roller rink,  & penney arcade (several ownership changes over the years along with attraction changes) *check out extensive info link herelink / link#2

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      Birch Bay Amusement Park

    37. Black Canyon Greyhound Park (Dog Track) – Black Canyon, AZ (1967-1982) Originally built as a dog racing track and later used as a swap meet in the 1980’s – now sitting vacant and slowly deteriorating – link

      Black Canyon Greyhound Park

    38. Blue Lagoon Water Park & Grand Prix Raceway – Vacaville, CA (1981-199?) Attractions included 4 Waterslides built into the side of a hill, bumper boats, skeeter boats, kiddie pool, arcade & kart racing  7332127272_5280237eef_z

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      Courtesy of Vacaville Heritage Council

    39. Blue Lake Park – Fairview/Troutdale, OR (1925-1960) rides removed in 1960 – link
    40. Brown Derby Restaurant – Los Angeles, CA (1926-1980) There were 4 locations in the Los Angeles area (Wilshire, Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Los Feliz) The Hollywood location attracted movie stars frequently during the “Golden Age of Hollywood” – link#1 / link#2 ……………………………………………………….

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      The Brown Derby (Wilshire Blvd)

    41. Buckhorn Mineral Wells (Baths) & Wildlife Museum – Mesa, AZ (1939-2005?) – link

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      Buckhorn Hot Mineral Baths & Wildlife Museum – Mesa, AZ

    42. Buckskin Joe Frontier Town & Railway – Cañon City, CO (1958-2010) – A Western-style theme park & Railway – originally an MGM movie setlink #1 / Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper about it’s closing

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      Buckskin Joe Frontier Town

    43. Buffalo Park – Flagstaff, AZ (1964-1969) This short-lived Wildlife Park featured more than 200 animals in a Wild West setting – link

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      Buffalo Park – Flagstaff

    44. Buffalo Ranch – Corona Del Mar/Newport Harbor, CA (1954-1959) – link#1/ link#2/ link#3

      Buffalo Ranch Miniature Steam Train - Carona Del Mar, CA

      Buffalo Ranch Miniature Steam Train

    45. Bullwinkle’s Pizza & Family Entertainmentsimilar to Chuck E Cheese – themed after Rocky & Bullwinkle TV cartoon – large arcade, redemption center ‘trading post’, kiddie rides, animatronic entertainment – at one time back in the 80’s there were multiple locations throughout California – now there are only 2 – Tukwila, WA and Wilsonville, OR – current website link

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      Bullwinkles Pizza & Family Entertainment

    46. Busch Gardens – Pasadena, CA (original location) (1905-1937) – link / link#2

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      Busch Gardens (original Pasadena location)

    47. Busch Gardens / Busch Bird Sanctuary – Van Nuys, CA (1966-1979) – located adjacent to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery this park featured a monorail, boat rides, lagoons, thousands of rare birds, plus free beer!  link#1 / link#2

      Busch Gardens – Van Nuys

    48. Cajon Speedway – El Cajon, CA (1961-2004) – link#1  Cajon Speedway
    49. California Alligator Farm – Buena Park, CA (1953-1986) relocated from Lincoln Park in Los Angeles – (see listing further down page for Los Angeles Alligator Farm) – link ………………………………………………….

      California Alligator Farm – Buena Park

    50. California State Fairgrounds & Race Track – Sacramento, CA (1906-1968/1970) Original location before the move to Cal Expolink
    51. California State Military Museum – Sacramento, CA (1991-2014) located in Old Sacramentolink  ……………………………………………. california-military-museum-old-sacramento
    52. Camelot Family Fun Park – former chain of family amusement centers located in Bakersfield, Fresno, Livermore, Modesto, Palm Springs & Santa Maria – all in California – merged with Boomers! in 2001 and still operate under the the Boomers! name (although the Bakersfield location still operates under the Camelot name) – link
    53. Camp 6 Logging Museum – Tacoma, WA (1964-2010) – was located on a 14-acre forested site inside Point Defiance Park featuring several historic buildings and over 500 tons railroad and logging equipment. Many pieces of equipment were powered by steam. link  ………………………………………………………….

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      Camp 6 Logging Museum

    54. Candlestick Park – San Francisco, CA (1960-2014) – (also known as 3-Com Park & Monster Park for a short time) – former home of the San Francisco Giants & San Francisco 49ers – also The Beatles gave their final full concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966 –  park history link with pics

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      Candlestick Park (opening day 1960)

    55. Carr’s One-of-A-Kind-In-The-World Museum – Spokane (Hillyard), WAcarrs-one-of-a-kind-in-the-world-museum-spokane (1997-2013) – link  / also here’s a short video of the museum along with an informal interview with the founder, Marvin Carr about how it all began…………………………………..   http://www.spokesman.com/video/2011/feb/23/one-kind-world-museum/

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      Carr’s One Of A Kind In The World Museum

    56. Carlsbad Raceway – Carlsbad, CA (1964-2004) – link

      Carlsbad Raceway

    57. Casino Legends Hall of Fame Museum – Las Vegas, NV (inside the former Tropicana Casino Resort) Featured the world’s largest collection of casino memorabilia – link ………………………………………….

      Casino Legends Hall of Fame Museum - Las Vegas

      Casino Legends Hall of Fame Museum

    58. Caverns of Mystery / Dinosaur Caves – Shell Beach, CA (1948-195?) history link

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      Caverns of Mystery

    59. Cawston Ostrich Farm – South Pasadena (Arroyo Seco Valley)  (1886-1935) – link#1 / link#2 ………………………………….

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      Cawston Ostrich Farm

    60. Champlin Fighter Museum – Mesa, AZ (1981-2003) specialized in airworthy World War I and World War II fighter planes – link

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      Champlin Fighter Museum

    61. Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation & Wildlife – Oxnard, CA (1987-2006) – featured an extensive collection of vintage and rare classic, antique & sport automobiles, motorcycles and trains as well as fine art and wildlife game – link

      Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation & Wildlife - Oxnard, CA

      Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation & Wildlife – Oxnard

    62. Children’s Museum of Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA (1979-2009) – museum was located in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area (part of the Lake View Terrace neighborhood of Los Angeles) link ………………………

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      Children’s Museum of Los Angeles

    63. Chutes Park – Los Angeles, CA (1900-1910) Originally opened as Washington Gardens (a trolley park) in 1887.  Under new ownership & renamed Chutes Park, renovation took place in late 1900. Attractions started appearing that included a vaudeville theater, a circus, hot air balloon rides, a miniature railroad, a rollercoaster, a giant boat waterslide, a merry-go-round, a seal pond, a monkey circus, a Temple of Mirth & a daily reenactment of a Civil War sea battle. It sold in 1910 and then reopened in 1911 as Luna Park….. (check out the listing for Luna Park-LA) – link#1 / link#2

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      Chutes Park – Los Angeles

    64. Chutes-At-The-Beach – San Francisco, CA (1884-1926)  eventually evolved into PlaylandAt-The-Beach – (check out Playland-At-The-Beach listing further down this list) – link

      Chutes-At-The-Beach – San Francisco

    65. Circle Star Theatre – San Carlos, CA (1960’s-1993) live music venue which featured a unique revolving stage  link#1 / link #2  

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      Circle Star Theatre

    66. Cliff House – San Francisco, CA – Original Cliff House (1863-1894), Victorian Cliff House (1896-1907), Neoclassical Cliff House (1909 – ??) The legendary Cliff House has had five major incarnations since its beginnings in 1858. (Check out the listing for Sutro Baths further down this list) – National Park Service history linkCliff House Project link / link #3
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      Cliff House – San Francisco (circa 1900)

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      Cliff House – San Francisco – (circa 1941 – top) (circa 2009 – bottom)

    67. Clovis Speedway (formerly Clovis Rodeo Grounds)- Clovis, CA (1960-1980?) link / brief info here (pdf)
    68. Club Disney – Thousand Oaks, CA (1997-1999) A Disney-themed regional childrens play center – this was  the first location – additional locations were in West Covina, CA as well as Chandler, AZ and Glendale, AZ  – All locations were closed in 1999 –  link   …. Club Disney logo
    69. Coconut Grove (Dance Hall)- Salt Lake City, UT (1931) – advertised as the largest ballroom in America. At some point in the 1940’s it became known as the Rainbow Ballroom. Then in 1946, the name changed again to the Rainbow Randevu, then to Danceland in 1958 and finally renamed The Terrace in the early 60’s  (closed for good 1981)  link   ………………………………………………………………………………………

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      Coconut Grove / Rainbow Ballroom

    70. Colonial Greens Miniature GolfCarousel Roller Rink – Fresno (Maple @ Shields)
    71. Colorado History Museum – Denver, CO (1976-2010)
    72. Columbia Beach Amusement Park – Sand Island/Tomahawk Island/Hayden Island, OR (1916-1926) – link
    73. Columbia Gardens (Amusement Park) – Butte, MT (1899-1973) – link

      Columbia Gardens – Butte

    74. Coney Island Amusement Park – Reno/Sparks, NV (1909-192?) link #1 / link#2

      Coney Island – Reno

    75. Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts – Napa, CA (2001-2008) link
    76. Corriganville Movie Ranch – Santa Susana (Simi Valley), CA (1949-1965) sold to Bob Hope and renamed Hopetown 1966Fires destroyed most of the structures in 1970 and again in 1979Now named Corriganville Regional Park, the Corriganville Movie Ranch is now a public park operated by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park Districtlink#1 / link#2 / PDF brochure & history

      Corriganville Movie Ranch

    77. Cotati Raceway – Cotati, CA (1957-1972) – link
    78. Council Crest Amusement Park (“The Dreamland of the Northwest”) + Big Tree Observatory – Portland, OR (1907-1929) – link

      Council Crest “The Dreamland of the Northwest” – Portland

    79. Crazy Horse Campground & Waterslide – Shingle Springs, CA (1972-2000?) Supposedly the very 1st man-made waterslide – Also featuring miniature golf, pedal boats, horseback riding, fishing & swimming in addition to the campground – Here is the link to archived newspaper article referencing Crazy Horse Waterslide – facebook   

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      Crazy Horse Campground & Waterslide

    80. Deerland Park Zoo & Flea Market  – Klamath Falls, OR (1969-1980) – recent obituary link of founder/owner
    81. Dennis The Menace Playground @ El Estero Park  – Monterey, CA … Footnote: This incredible & unique playground was opened in 1956 and although it is still in existence today, there has been a huge overhaul of the play structures with many of the age old favorites from previous generations (“edgy” metal structures) being replaced by modern plastic & foam structures that are much safer by today’s standards… follow this LINK for details, first-hand stories, pics and the history of this memorable place – Here’s yet another…  Facebook link

      Dennis The Menace Playground

    82. Depoe Bay Aquarium – Depoe Bay, OR (1927-1998) Oregon’s first aquarium as well as the oldest privately-owned aquarium in the US – link#1 / link#2

      Depoe Bay Aquarium  (circa 1934)

    83. Depoe Bay Wildlife Museum – Depoe Bay, OR (1937-19??) – link
    84. Dino Town – Bridal Falls, BC Canada (1994- 2010) Formerly known as Flinstone’s Park & Bedrock City (see that listing above) – link #1  / link #2

      DinoTown – Bridal Falls, BC, Canada

    85. Dinosaur Caves (Amusement Park) – Shell Beach (1948-late 50’s) link
    86. Dinosaur Land – Alpine, CA (1962-1964) short-lived dinosaur theme park  that had big plans for inclusion of a rollercoaster, water rides and more – several life-size dinosaurs “roamed” the park as well as other living creatures – Bob The Dinosaur can still be found on the property although somewhat hidden – link / youtube video
    87. Dinosaur Park / International Petrified Forest & Painted Desert / Museum of The Americas – Sun Valley, AZ  (just east of Holbrook) (1999-2007) not to be confused with the Petrified Forest National Park 20 miles further to the east towards the New Mexico state line – link#1 / link#2  / link#3 …………….

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      Dinosaur Park – Sun Valley, AZ

    88. Doggie Diner – San Francisco, CA (multiple locations) (1949-1986)  link

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      Doggie Diner

    89. Earthquake The Ride / Enchanted World of Old San Francisco (at Fisherman’s Wharf) – San Francisco, CA (1975 -1995) –link  (check out the following vintage footage from YouTube and watch the promo from 4:48 on)  youtube link        .

      Enchanted World of San Francisco

      Enchanted World of Old San Francisco

    90. Edgewater Packing Company / Amusement Arcade & Historic Carousel – Monterey, CA (1970s-1990s?) located in the heart of Cannery Row the main attraction here was the rare antique 1905 Herschell-Spillman wooden carousel  link 

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      Edgewater Packing Company Historic Carousel  (Cannery Row)

    91. Edmonds Field – Sacramento, CA (1949-1964)  former home of the old Sacramento Solons Baseball Club of the Pacific Coast League (PCL)
    92. Elitch Gardens (Amusement Park) (original location – West Highland area) Denver, CO (1890-1994) still open in new location under new ownership –  link#1 / link#2  ………………

      Elitch Gardens  (original Denver location)

    93. Elvis-A-Rama Museum – Las Vegas, NV (closed in 2006) – link#1 / link#2

      Elvis-A-Rama Museum – Las Vegas

    94. Enchanted Village – Buena Park, CA (1976-1977) see listing for Japanese Village & Deer Parklink#1 / link#2 / link#3

      Enchanted Village – Buena Park

    95. Enchanted Village – Federal Way, WA (opened 1977 as a small ‘kiddie ride park’), then merged with the newly built Wild Waves Water Park in 1984 – a few ownership changes since– still in operation – link
    96. End of The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center & Museum – Oregon City, OR (closed 2009)
    97. The Engine House – Sunnyvale, CA (closed in 1991) (huge train and hobby dungeon-like store with  permanent expansive operating train layout) – link to the 1995 newspaper article about the auctioning off of the massive inventory dating back to the 1930’s
    98. Ewu’s Paradise Theater – Aspen, CO (1978-1984) was a live music venue well known in the area
    99. Exotic World / Strippers Hall of Fame – Helendale, CA (closed in 2006)
    100. Family Fun World – Eloy, AZ – not sure whether this one ever truly “opened for business” – link#1 / link#2 ……………………………..

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      Family Fun World  (remnants)

    101. Family Fun CenterFormer chain of Southern California family amusement centers located in Anaheim, El Cajon, Escondido, Fountain Valley, San Diego (Kearny Mesa), Upland & Vista – merged with Boomers! in 2001 and still operate under the Boomers! name
    102. Family Fun Center – LaMesa, CA (1961-1990) relocated to El Cajon to make room for a freeway offramp – LA Times newspaper article link from Sept/1990

      Family Fun Center – LaMesa

    103. Fantasy Gardens / Fantasy Garden World – Richmond, BC CANADA (1970’s-2010) – link

      Fantasy Gardens – Richmond, BC Canada

    104. Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour – 130 locations nationwide at their peak (1963-1990) (“Farrell’s Features Fabulous Food and Fantastic Fountain Fantasies for Frolicking Fun-Filled Festive Families”) (1963-1990) –link#1  / link#2   …………………….        farrells
    105. The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA (famous auditorium/concert hall & historic music venue) (196?-1989) decimated by 1989 SF earthquake – link#1 / link#2
    106. Fillmore West – San Francisco, CA (well-known concert hall & music venue) (1968-1989)

      Fleishacker Pool (2-tier platform dive) – San Francisco

    107. Fleishhacker Pool – San Francisco, CA (1925-1971) at one time was the largest pool in the U.S. and supposedly could be seen from space – link

      Fleishacker Pool   (circa 1930’s)

    108. Flying Lady Restaurant / Hill Country Museum & Country Club – San Martin, CA (1972-2006) a one-of-a-kind expansive restaurant/museum combination. The dining room featured a Piper Cub plane hanging overhead from the ceiling along with scale model planes that circled the perimeter of the restaurant on a rotating rack. Outside were totem polls and a 40,000-square-foot hanger loaded with unusual antique & vintage aircraft, cars, wood carvings & other fascinating items  newspaper link / youtube video#1 / youtube video #2 / enlightening newspaper memorial on the death of the founder& entrepreneuer Irv Perch / link

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      Flying Lady Restaurant

    109. Fort Ord (US Army Base) – Monterey Bay (Sand City/Seaside), CA (1917-1994)
    110. Fossil Cabin (Museum)/ Como Bluff Dinosaurium – Como Bluff (Medicine Bow), WY (1932-199?) cabin constructed entirely of dinosaur bones excavated from the neighboring Como Bluff “Dinosaur Graveyard” – link#1 / link#2 / link#3

      Fossil Cabin – Como Bluff, WY

    111. Fox Theatre – San Francisco, CA (1929-1963) – The iconic Fox Theater was a 4,651 seat movie palace located at 1350 Market Street in San Francisco – built in 1929 by movie pioneer William Fox as a showcase for the films of the Fox Film Corporatio along with elaborate stage shows.  historic link / link #2 / link #3

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      Fox Theatre – San Francisco

    112. Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier – Venice, CA (1911-1912) – after a fire burned the pier down in 1912, it evolved into Ocean Park Pier (see listing further down list)  link
    113. Fraser, Pickering & Lick Pier – Santa Monica, CA (1913-1924) – link
    114. Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art & Science – Fresno, CA (1984-2010) – link
    115. Frontier Relics Museum – Dos Cabezas, AZ (A partial Ghost Town just south of Wilcox, AZ) – (1982-2007) – link#1 / link#2 / link#3 (founder’s recent obituary)
    116. Frontier Town – near Helena, MT (1946-1999?) – link

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      Frontier Town – Helena

    117. Frontier Town / Big Oak Ranch (Wild West Theme Park) – Dehesa/Granite Hills/Harbinson Canyon (just east of El Cajon, CA) (1960’s-198?) link#1 / link#2 (1996 LA Times newspaper article about the owner of this property and his murder trial committed at this once popular western tourist attraction)

      Frontier Town / Big Oak Ranch

    118. Frontier Village – San Jose, CA (1961-1980) – link

      Frontier Village – San Jose

    119. Fun Forest Amusement Park @ Seattle Center – Seattle, WA (1962-2010) (scheduled for closing in 2010) – website link / May/2010 newspaper article link / 2007 newspaper article link …………………..

      Fun Forest at Seattle Center (circa 1972)

    120. Fun Junction / Guyton’s Fun Junction – Grand Junction, CO (1954-2004) – info link
    121. Gay’s Lion Farm – El Monte, CA (1925-1942) – link / youtube link

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      Gay’s Lion Farm – El Monte

    122. Gayway Park (on the pier) – Seaside, OR (1950’s-1980’s) – link

      Gayway Park Carousel – Seaside, OR

    123. George Air Force Base – Victorville, CA (1941-1992)
    124. Gilmore Field –Los Angeles, CA (1939-1957) former home of the old Hollywood Stars Baseball Club from the Pacific Coast League (PCL)
    125. Gilmore Stadium – Los Angeles, CA (1934-1952)

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      Goebel’s Lion Farm

    126. Goebel’s Lion Farm / Goebel’s Wild Animal Farm – Thousand Oaks, CA (1926-1945) eventually evolved into Jungleland after being sold. (check out the Jungleland listing further down this list) – link#1 / link#2 …………………………………Goebels-Wild-Animal-Farm
    127. Golf-O-Rama / Steakburger – Hazel Dell (Vancouver), WA (1962-2014) link  steakburger-golf-o-rama-hazel-del-washington-sign2 golf-o-rama-hazel-del-washington
    128. Golfland – South El Monte, CA
    129. Golfland / Wild West Waterslide – Stockton, CA (1970’s-1980’s) – miniature golf, waterslides, bumper boats, batting cages
    130. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (original) – Hollywood, CA (1927-????) legendary Hollywood theater now known as Mann’s Chinese Theater – link

      Original Grauman’s Chinese Theater – Hollywood

    131. Green Lake Aqua Theater – (Green Lake) Seattle, WA (1950-1969) – link #1  / link #2
    132. Green Valley Miniature Golf / Wet & Wild Waterslides – Bakersfield, CA

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      Wet & Wild Waterslides – Bakersfield

    133. Griffith Park  Zoo – Los Angeles, CA – (1912-1965) the old (but not original) Los Angeles Zoo – relocated a couple of miles north – remnants of the zoo’s housing facilities still can be found in various degrees of decay and ruins lots of trails still remain – see sign below – link#1 (great pics)  /  link#2

      Old Los Angeles Zoo  (Griffith Park)

    134. Grouse Mouse Coaster / Mountain Coaster – North Vancouver, BC CANADA (1970’s-1980’s) – located at Grouse Mountain

      Grouse Mouse/Mountain Coaster – North Vancouver, BC

    135. Guinness Museum of World Records – San Francisco, CA (on Fisherman’s Wharf)
    136. Guinness Museum of World Records – Las Vegas, NV
    137. Hall of Health ‘Hands-On’ Health Museum – Berkeley, CA (1974-2009) – link
    138. Hamilton Air Force Base – Novato, CA (1929-1974)
    139. Hangman’s Tree Historic Spot – Placerville, CA  Hangmans Tree Historic Spot Placerville, CA
    140. Happyland (at Hastings Park) – Vancouver, BC, Canada (1910-1957) evolved into Playland At The Pacific Nation Exhibition (PNE) on the opposite side of the PNE in 1958 – link#1  / link#2   ………………………………….

      Happyland Giant Dipper - Vancouver BC

      Happyland   (Hastings Park)

    141. Harrah’s Automobile Museum (Original) – Sparks, NV
    142. Hart’s Reptile World – Canby, OR (1980-2002) the actual facility is closed but they still offer community educational programs as well as tour around the region – website link
    143. Haunted Gold Mine (at Fisherman’s Wharf)  – San Francisco, CA (1979-1998)   link  (scroll down to almost the bottom within the link)  

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      Haunted Gold Mine  (Fishermans Wharf)

    144. Hazard’s Pavilion (1887-1906) / Clune’s AuditoriumPhilharmonic Auditorium (closed 1985) – Los Angeles, CA – link                       
    145. Hershey’s Chocolate Factory & Visitor Center (tour) – Oakdale, CA (1965-2008) main facility in Hershey, PA still remains in production at this time website – Here’s the link about it’s closure

      Hershey’s Chocolate Factory  (Visitor Center)

    146. Hill Country – San Martin, CA – antique auto & plane museum plus golf country club (evolved into Wings of History Museum) – link
    147. Hi Jolly Date Gardens & Petting Zoo – Mesa, AZ (1950’s-1970’s??)

      Hi-Jolly Date Gardens – Mesa

    148. Hobbiton USA / The Living Chimney Tree – Phillipsville, CA (closed in 2008?) (located along Avenue of the Giants off Hwy 101 in the Northern California Redwoods of Humboldt County) –  really cool kitschy nature hike  through the hilly redwood trail that took visitors through the tale of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic ‘The Hobbit’ featuring dioramas of the storyline –  Link / YouTube Link  hobbiton-usa-phillipsville3

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      Hobbiton USA

    149. Holiday On Ice – Touring Ice Show Production at various arenas (1943-1970)
    150. Hollywood Erotic Museum – Hollywood, CA (closed in 2006)
    151. Hollywood Palace / Hollywood Playhouse – Hollywood, CA (1927-1978)
    152. Hoppyland (Venice Lake Park) – Venice, CA (1951-1954) – with Hopalong Cassidy, the cowboy hero  of TV & movie fame as a business partner & frequent guest star – this park included a special kiddie land area featuring a miniature merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, sleigh ride, airplane, pony cart rides & auto rides.  link – link#2

      Hoppyland – Venice

    153. House of Poverty Museum – Moses Lake, WA (closed in 2006) – Link #1 / Link#2

      House of Poverty Museum

    154. Ice Capades – Touring Ice Show Production at various arenas (1940-1995)
    155. Ice Follies – Touring Ice Show Producion at various arenas (1937-1979)
    156. Idlewild Park Playland (Lion’s Kiddie Park) – Reno, NV – A small kiddie amusement park located within Idlewild Park – Idlewild Park is still intact however the rides have been closed and removed from the park with the exception of the miniature train ride –  Link
    157. Idora Park – Oakland, CA (1904-1929) – link#1/  link#2

      Idora Park – Oakland

    158. Indian Forest – Florence, OR (1970’s-1980’s) authentic Walk-Thru Indian Village with live buffalo Link to pic of entrance & gift shop (currently vacant & for sale)

      Indian Forest – Florence, OR

    159. Indian Village – (Eastlake Park/Lincoln Park) Los Angeles, CA – link
    160. J’s Amusement Park – Guerneville, CA (197?-2003) – link #1 / link #2

      J’s Amusement Park – Guerneville

    161. Jantzen Beach Amusement Park – Hayden Island (Portland), OR (1928-1970) – link#1  / link#2 …………………………………….
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      Jantzen Beach Amusement Park

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      Jantzen Beach Amusement Park  (Big Dipper)

    162. Japanese Flower Garden / South Mountain Flower Gardens – South Phoenix (Near South Mountain stretching for miles along Baseline Road) (mid-1930’s-late 1980’s) link

      Japanese Flower Gardens

    163. Japanese Village & Deer Park – Buena Park, CA (1967-1974) see listing for Enchanted Villagelink#1  / link#2 / link#3

      Japanese Village & Deer Park

    164. Jellystone Park (Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park) – Soledad Sands (Acton), CA (1960’s-70’s?) popular cartoon themed resort/campground with miniature steam train, giant slide, waterslide?, pool, BMX track, pinball arcade… also there were a number of other campgrounds in the area, Soledad Sands, White Rock Lake, Robin’s Nest (where they used to film the original Tarzan TV show), Vasquez Rocks (Agua Dulce), Oasis Park, Cypress Resort, etc.)  link
    165. Jones Fantastic Museum – Lynnwood, WA (1959-1980) – eventually relocated to the Seattle Center in Seattle – linklink2 / youtube museum tour (scroll further down to see listing called Museum of the Fantastic) ………………………………….. 

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      Jones Fantastic Museum

    166. Joyland – Sacramento (Oak Park) (1895-1920) featured acres of shady oak trees, a zoo, carousel & ballpark. When Sacramento Electric, Gas & Railway Company acquired the Oak Park terminus in 1903, they added a wooden roller coaster, a roller skating rink, an outdoor theater, and a scenic miniature railway. Joyland was born when the park was renovated to include an amusement park, electric lights, and swimming pool. In addition to local amusement, Joyland was intended to showcase the abilities of electric power and increase ridership on the new electric streetcars. Joyland caught fire in 1920 and never reopened. Today this is McClatchy Parklink#1 / link#2
    167. Joy Zone – Seal Beach, CA (1916-1920?) – link

      The Joy Zone – Seal Beach

    168. Julia Davis Fun Depot (in Julia Davis Park) – Boise, ID (1991-2002)
    169. Jungle Island – Buena Park, CA (across Beach Blvd. from Knott’s Berry Farm)

      Jungle Island – Buena Park, CA

    170. Jungle Jim’s Playland – Glendale/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ (closed ??)

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      Jungleland – Thousand Oaks

    171. Jungleland USA / World Jungle Compound – Thousand Oaks, CA (1945-1969) started out initially as Goebel’s Lion Farm (see Goebel listing above) and eventually evolved into Jungleland  – link#1 / link#2 / link#3 / youtube tribute jungleland-thousand-oaks

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      Jungleland USA – Thousand Oaks

    172. Karts N’ Golf – Fremont, CA (closed in 2008)
    173. Kearney Bowl Speedway / Airport Speedway (original name) – Fresno, CA (1950’s-1970) across from the Chandler Airport in Southwest Fresnobrief info (pdf)
    174. Kern River Park / Old Hart Park – Bakersfield, CA (1929-1992) This large park featured a large amphitheater, cascading waterfall, large swimming pool (2nd largest in California) with a gigantic “Plunge” attraction (Kern River Park Plunge), peddle boats rentals, bike rentals, bath house, ‘People’s Playground’, Hart Park Zoo, ‘Kiddieland’ amusement park (1940), large metal rollercoaster, electric bumper cars, train ride (Kern River Railroad) and waterslides Water World) 100 Years at Old Hart Park pdf link / link#2 / link#3 ………………………

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      Kern River Railroad

    175. Kezar Stadium – San Francisco, CA (1925-1989) original home of the San Francisco 49ers Football Club – located inside Golden Gate Park
    176. Kiddieland / Grampaw Mack’s Kiddieland – Garden Grove, CA (1950’s-early 1970’s) – link ………………………………………

      Grampaw Mack’s Kiddieland

    177. Kiddie Land – Sacramento, CA (early 1940’s-1983) – formerly located inside William Land Park – evolved into Funderland – history link in PDF format
    178. Kiddieland – Bakersfield, CA – formerly located inside Kern River Park / Hart Park –  link (check out listing above for Kern River Park for much more info and 2 additional historical links about this attraction)
    179. Kiddieland @ Encanto Park – Phoenix, AZ (1948-1986)kiddieland-encanto-park-phoenix

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      Kiddieland  (Encanto Park)

    180. Kiddie Land Amusement Park – San Bernardino, CA – formerly located inside of Perris Hill Park
    181. Kiddyland of Lake Arrowhead – Lake Arrowhead, CA (1950’s) link #1 (photos of attractions from worthpoint auction)  – link #2 (obituary of owner)
    182. Kingdom of Dancing Stallions – Buena Park, CA (1978-1983) sold in 1984 and converted into the Medieval Times Dinner Theater 
    183. Kingdome – Seattle, WA (1976-2000) – former ‘domed-stadium’ home of the Seattle Mariners Baseball Club & Seattle Seahawks Football Club – link#1 / link#2 / link#3 / link#4

      The Kingdome – Seattle

    184. Lake Dolores (1967-1989)/ Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark (1990-2001)/ Discovery Waterpark (2002-2004) – Newberry Springs, CA – America’s first water park – link#1 / link#2 / link#3 / youtube history video + old TV commercial / youtube video promo spot …………………………………………..
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      Lake Delores (early years)

      Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark

      Lake Delores / Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark

    185. Lakeside Amusement Park – Tempe, AZ (1949-1950??)
    186. Lane Field – San Diego, CA (1936-1957) former home of the San Diego Padres Baseball Club of the old Pacific Coast League (PCL)
    187. Legend City – Tempe, AZ (1963-1983) – a western themed amusement park – link#1/  link#2 ……………………………

      Legend City (Lost Dutchman Mine)

    188. Legion Ascot Speedway – El Sereno/Los Angeles, CA (1924-1936) – link
    189. Leschi Park – Seattle, WA (1889-1909?) – featured included a casino, amusement park, garden, boat rentals & zoo – link
    190. Liberace Museum – Las Vegas (Paradise), NV (1979-2010) – link

      Liberace Museum – Las Vegas, NV

    191. Lion Country Safari – Irvine, CA (1970-1984) one of the earliest & largest drive-through animal/safari parks in the west  – link#1/  link#2

      Lion Country Safari

    192. Little Indy 500 Go-Karts (Race Track) – Milpitas, CA (1970’s-1980’s)
    193. Little Rascals Petting Zoo – Kelowna, BC, CANADA  link
    194. Lollipop Park – Bellevue, WA (1960’s-1980’s?) A small kiddie amusement park that was located on the grounds of the Bellevue Square shopping center when it was still an outdoor mall (before it was enclosed)
    195. Longacres Race Track (horse racing) – Renton, WA (1933-1992) – link

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      Longacres

    196. Long Beach Pike (1902-1949)/ Nu Pike (1949-1971)/ Queens Pike (1971-1979) – Long Beach, CA – link#1/link#2

      Long Beach Pike (Cyclone Racer)

    197. Los Angeles Alligator Farm / California Alligator Farm – Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles), CA (1907-1953) then moved to Buena Park (1953-1984) – link alligator-farm-los-angeles

      California Alligator Farm – Los Angeles (Lincoln Park)

    198. Los Angeles Ostrich Farm – Lincoln Heights (Los Angeles), CA (1906-????) – link …………………………………………………….

      Los Angeles Ostrich Farm

    199. Los Angeles County Raceway / Palmdale Dragstrip (NHRA Drag Racing) – Palmdale, CA (1980-2007)
    200. Lost Flea Market – San Jose, CA (1960’s-1980’s ??) A western-themed flea market formerly located on Monterey Road 
    201. Lost World / Enchanted Forest – Scotts Valley, CA (1963-1975) also see listing below under Tree Circusupdated newspaper link#1 / link#2 / Facebook page Link  

      Lost World - Scotts Valley

      Lost World – Scotts Valley

    202. Lotus Isle Amusement Park (Wonderland of the Pacific) – Tomahawk Island (on the outskirts of Portland), OR (1930-1932) – link
    203. Louis Lee’s Oriental Rock Garden – Paradise Valley, AZ (1958-2006?) – link#1/link#2 …………………………………………

      Louis Lee’s Oriental Rock Garden

    204. Lucas Kiddie Land – Los Angeles (Silver Lake) – (1940-195?) Located on Riverside Drive in the Silver Lake region of Los Angeles 

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      Lucas Kiddie Land

    205. Luna Park – Los Angeles, CA (1911-1914) see Chutes Park listing link#1/link#2
    206. Luna Park – San Jose, CA (early 1900’s – late 1920’s) early historic amusement park with a carousel, rollercoaster, other rides, amusement games and sports fields – link
    207. Luna Park – Seattle, WA (1907-1913) – link#1 /  link#2 / link#3 / link#4

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      Luna Park – Seattle

    208. Luna Park Zoo – (Eastlake Park/Lincoln Heights) Los Angeles, CA (1925-1931) evolved into California Zoological Gardens – link
    209. Magic Carpet Miniature Golf – Tucson, AZ (1969-2008) – great photosflicker

      Magic Carpet Golf - Tucson, AZ

      Magic Carpet Miniature Golf

    210. Magic Mountain (original) – Valencia, CA (1971-1979) before being purchased by Six Flags in 1979 –still open with many changes) – link#1  /  link#2  / link#3magic-mountain-sign-valenciamagic-mountain-colossus

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      Magic Mountain (1970’s)

    211. Magic Mountain – Golden, CO (1959-1960) – link #1 / link # 2

      Magic Mountain – Golden, CO

    212. Manhattan Beach (1881-1908) / Luna Park (1908-1914) Edgewater (on the edge of Sloan’s Lake), CO – This was supposedly the 1st amusement park built and operated west of the Mississippi link
    213. Mahan’s Half Acre (Hula-Ville) – Hesperia, CA (1956 – 1996) – several artifacts were salvaged and moved to the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville before the site was torn down in 1997 – link#1 / link#2 / link#3 (great pics)

      Mahan’s Half Acre  (Hula-Ville)

    214. Malibu Grand Prix – Arizona (2 separate locations) Tempe & Tucson – Both closed in the mid-90’s
    215. Malibu Grand Prix / Malibu Raceway – Beaverton, OR – Closing in April 2013
    216. Malibu Grand Prix – Fresno, CA (1977-1997) – link  – name changed to Fresno Grand Prix towards the end
    217. Malibu Grand Prix – Oakland, CA (1970’s-mid 90’s) was located next to the Oakland Coliseum and Arena – link
    218. Malibu Grand Prix – Pacheco, CA (mid 70’s-mid 80’s)
    219. Malibu Grand Prix / Castle Golf & Games – Redwood City, CA (1978-2013)

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      Malibu Grand Prix / Castle Golf & Games

    220. Malibu Grand Prix – Los Angeles County – (5 separate locations) were located in Northridge, Pasadena, Reseda, City of Industry & Redondo Beach – link
    221. Malibu Grand Prix – Orange County – (2 separate locations) were located in Anaheim & Fountain Valley
    222. Malibu Grand Prix – San Diego, CA
    223. Mammoth Orange / Giant Orange Drive-In – Chowchilla, CA (originally) then moved to Fairmead (along Hwy 99) (giant orange structure featuring fast food/fruit stand/freshly-squeezed orange juice) [forerunner of the Orange Julius chain] at one time there were 50+ independent locations throughout California – link#1 / link#2 /link#3

      Mammoth Orange – Fairmead, CA

    224. Manhattan Beach Amusement Park – Edgewater, CO (1881-1908) burned down in 1908, then reopened as Luna Park (1908-1914) – link
    225. Manito Park Zoo – Spokane, WA (1905-1932)  link / newspaper link

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      Manito Park Zoo

    226. Manzanita Speedway – Phoenix, AZ (1951-2009) link / Facebook link

      Manzanita Speedway

    227. Marine World – Redwood City, CA (1968-1972) evolved into Marine World/Africa USA (1972-1986) then moved to Vallejo, CA in 1986 with mutiple name changes – now known as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – link / Here’s A TV commercial from 1986 just before the move to Vallejo >> youtube TV ad

      Marine World – Redwood City

    228. Marineland of The Pacific – Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (1954-1987) – link

      Marineland of the Pacific

    229. Marriott’s Great America (original) – Santa Clara, CA (1976-1985) then became simply Great America (Kings Entertainment) (1985-1993) then Paramount’s Great America (1993-2006) – now known as  California’s Great America (Cedar Fair Entertainment) after more ownership changes – link

      Marriott’s Great America – Santa Clara

      Marriott’s Great America – Santa Clara (1979)

    230. Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park (1967-1993?)/ Frazier’s Frontier (1993-1996?) – La Mesa/El Cajon/Lakeside, CA link#1 – link#2 – San Diego Union Tribune update on the re-opening as Canyon Raceway 11/2011

      Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park – El Cajon

      Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park – El Cajon

    231. Mather Air Force Base – Rancho Cordova, CA (1918-1993)
    232. Mayan Adventure – Sandy, UT (2008-2011) Mayan/Jungle themed – was a 40,000 sq. ft., 700-seat restaurant that featured exotic waterfalls, cliff divers, fire dancers and a robotic talking toucan.  –  link
    233. McClellan Air Force Base – North Highlands, CA (1935-2001)
    234. McNichols Sports Arena – Denver, CO (1975-1999) –  former home of the Denver Nuggets of the ABA and NBA for its entire existence from 1975 to 1999. It also hosted multiple hockey teams, including the Denver Spurs of the WHA during the 1975–76 season, the Colorado Rockies of the NHL from 1976 to 1982, the Colorado Flames of the CHL from 1982 to 1984, the Denver Grizzlies of the International Hockey League from 1994 to 1995, and the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL from 1995 to 1999.

    235. Mercer Arena / Seattle Center Arena – Seattle, WA (1928-2003) – link

      MGM Grand Adventures – Las Vegas

    236. MGM Grand Adventures Theme Park – Las Vegas (Paradise), NV (1993-2002) – was a theme park adjacent to the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino  – link

      MGM Grand Adventures (Log Flume Ride)

    237. Medieval Dungeon (at Fisherman’s Wharf) – San Francisco, CA (1989-1998) – link   (scroll down to almost the bottom of the page within the link)
    238. Meridell Park – Pocatello, ID (1920-late 1960’s?) former historic amusement park and dance pavilion – link#1 (PDF link to newspaper article about the amusement park being built) – link#2
    239. Mesa Marin Raceway – Bakersfield, CA (1977-2005) – link#1

      Mesa Marin Raceway – Bakersfield

    240. Midway Drive-In & Swap Meet – Kent, WA (1940-2005) indoor & outdoor market with amusement rides & miniature golf next door 
    241. Midway Plaisance (Amusement Park) – Venice, CA (1906-1910) link

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      Midway Plaisance – Venice

    242. Mile High Stadium / Bears Stadium – Denver, CO (1948-2001)

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      Mile High Stadium

    243. Million Dollar Museum – White’s City, NM (1927-2007?) link

      Million Dollar Museum

    244. The Mine Shaft – Rancho Cordova, CA (large two-story building featuring an indoor/outdoor miniature golf(s), huge arcade, indoor games, batting cages, go-karts, TANKS that 2 people could operate, one driving & one shooting tennis balls out of the cannon using the attached compressed air gun – the basement was also a dance floor  

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      The Mine Shaft  (vacant)

    245. Mission Beach Amusement Center / The Natatorium / The Plunge (1925-1955) a historic oceanfront amusement park located in the Mission Bay area of San Diego eventually –  evolved into The Original Belmont Park (1956-1976) San Diego (Mission Beach)   link#1 / link#2 / link#3 ………….

      Mission Beach Amusement Center

      Mission Beach Amusement Center

    246. Moffett Field Naval Air Station – Mountain View, CA –Hangars One, Two, and Three and are collectively designated as a National Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hangar One (constructed in 1931) is one of the world’s largest freestanding structures, covering 8 acres and is a Naval Historical Monument. On 1 July 1994, NAS Moffett Field was closed as a naval air station and turned over to it’s neighbor, the NASA Ames Research Center. NASA Ames now operates the facility as Moffett Federal Airfield. Since being decommissioned as a primary military installation, part of Moffett has been made accessible to the public, including a cordoned portion of the interior of the massive Hangar One. There were once balloon rides given on show days, and incidents of weather inside

      Moffett Field NAS (Hangar One)

    247. Mojave Phone Booth – (1960’s-2000) Mojave Desert in the middle of nowhere … near the small town of Baker between Barstow & Las Vegas some 15 miles from the nearest highway (I-15) known as “The Loneliest Phone Booth In The World” – link#1 / link#2 / link#3

      Mojave Phone Booth – Mojave Desert (middle of nowhere)

    248. Montgomery Block – San Francisco, CA (1853-1959) – San Francisco’s first fireproof and earthquake resistant building, which came to be known as a Bohemian center from the late 19th to the middle of the 20th century. It was located at 628 Montgomery Street. The 4-story Montgomery Block was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it was built in 1853. The building survived the 1906 earthquake & fire. The site of Montgomery Block is now registered as a California Historical Landmark.  link
    249. Morrison Planetarium @ Golden Gate Park (original) , San Francisco, CA (1952-??)
    250. Mott’s Miniatures & Doll House Shop – Buena Park, CA (1949-2009)link
    251. Movie World / Cars of Stars / Planes of Fame Museum – Buena Park, CA (1970-19??) –  link#1 / link#2 …..

      Movie World Cars of Stars/Planes of Fame – Buena Park

    252. Movieland of the Air Museum – Santa Ana, CA (1963-1968) (1969-1985) (relocated to the John Wayne/Orange County International Airport) – link

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      Movieland of the Air Museum (Orange County Airport)

    253. Movieland Wax Museum / Palace of Living Art / Cars of the Stars – Buena Park, CA (1962-2005) – link#1 / link#2 ……….. movieland-wax-museum-sign-post-buena-park

      Movieland Wax Museum – Buena Park

    254. Mount St. Helens Experience (Cinedome / IMAX Theatre) – Castle Rock, WA (1993 – 2005?)  most well-known for continually showing the Oscar-nominated IMAX documentary film about the explosion of Mt. St. Helens, complete with motion sensitive ‘rumble’ seats ……………….

      Mt. St. Helen's Cinedome, Castle Rock, WA.

      Mount St. Helens Cinedome Theatre

    255. Museum of Conceptual Art – San Francisco, CA (1970-1984)
    256. Museum of the Fantastic Redmond/Sisters, OR (1980’s-1990’s) (originally named Jones Fantastic Museum – see listing above) – link
    257. Natatorium Park – Spokane, WA (1889-1967) – link

      Natatorium Park – Spokane

    258. Natural World Museum – San Francisco, CA (2001-2009) link
    259. NBC Burbank Studio (Tours) – Burbank, CA (closing this location in 2007? & relocating to Universal Studios) – link#1 / link#2 / link#3

      NBC Burbank Studio

    260. Neptune Beach – Alameda, CA (1917-1939) – link / link#2
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      Neptune Beach

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      Neptune Beach

    261. Never Never Land @ Point Defiance Park – Tacoma, WA (1964-2001) – young children’s storybook-themed kiddie parklink

      Never Never Land (Point Defiance Park)

    262. Newport Sports Museum – Newport Beach, CA (1995-2014) link
    263. Nut Tree – Vacaville, CA (1921-1996) featured a kiddie amusement park, train ride, children’s play structures, toy store, restaurant and airstrip – link#1 / link#2  –  Then re-Opened under new ownership as Nut Tree Family Park within the Nut Tree Village and Nut Tree Complex (2006-2009) …………………………….

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      Nut Tree

    264. Oak Grove Beach & Amusement Resort – Oak Grove/Milwaukie, OR (1920’s ??) – link  (scroll down near bottom of page within the link)
    265. Oakland Indoor Midget Race Track – Oakland, CA (1940s-1950s)
    266. Oakland Speedway – San Leandro, CA (1931-19??)
    267. Oakwood Lake Resort / Manteca Waterslides – Manteca, CA (1974-2004) one of the first waterparks in the entire country – included a large 400 site campground, 2500 sq ft. pool and lake – the original  water slide was made of cement/concrete and at it’s peak had 22 water slides including the very first tubular fiberglass recreational waterslide –  link#1 / link#2link#3

      Oakwood Lake Resort – Manteca Waterslides

    268. Oaks Park Stadium (former home of the Oakland Oaks Baseball Club of the Pacific Coast League way back in the day) – Oakland, CA (1913-1956)
    269. Oasis Water Works (Water Park) – Kennewick, WA (closed in 2003)
    270. Ocean Park Pier – Santa Monica, CA (1926-1956) eventually evolved into Pacific Ocean Park (POP)- link …………………………………

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      Ocean Park Pier – Santa Monica

    271. Oceanside Beach Amusemment Park – Oceanside, CA (1940’s-1950’s)
    272. Okanagan Game Farm / Okanagan Zoo – Kaleden, BC, CANADA (just south of Penticton) (1967-1999)  link  ………………………….okanagan-game-farm-canada

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      Okanagan Game Farm

    273. Old Faithful Museum of Thermal Activity – Yellowstone National Park (1929-1971) link
    274. Old MacDonald’s Farm (originally located inside Knotts Berry Farm) – Buena Park, CA (1955-1969) relocated to an independent location in Mission Viejo in 1969 – see listing below …………………………………………………

      Old McDonald’s Farm (Knott’s Berry Farm)

    275. Old MacDonald’s Farm – Mission Viejo, CA (1969-197?) link#1 / link#2
    276. Old MacDonald’s Farm – Westbank, BC – CANADA – included a petting zoo, waterslide, miniature train ride, mini golf, fishing pond, pony rides

      Old McDonald’s Farm – Westbank, BC

    277. Old Vegas / Westworld – Henderson, NV (1979-1986) located on the Boulder Hwy in Henderson, NV on 128 acres – originally opened under the ‘West World‘ name but was changed less than 2 years later to ‘Old Vegas‘ to coincide with the company’s other amusement attraction in Arizona, ‘Old Tucson’. A Theme Park and Casino which also included Hollywood-style reconstruction of an old west settlement that offered make-believe gunfights, saloon brawls, steam train rides, stagecoach rides – all located inside a make-believe Western Fort – closed in 1986 and torn down in 1996 for a housing tract –  Las Vegas Sun pdf link / link #2  ………….

      Old Vegas

    278. Old West Wax Museum – Thermopolis, WY (19??-2009) – link #1 / link #2

      Old West Museum – Thermopolis

    279. Ontario Motor Speedway – Ontario, CA (1970-1980) – link

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      Ontario Motor Speedway

    280. Orange County International Raceway – Irvine, CA (1967-1983) – link
    281. Outrageous Waters Water Park & Fun Center – Clearlake, CA – link

      Outrageous Waters – Clear Lake

    282. Pacific Ocean Park (POP) – Santa Monica, CA (1958-1967) – a nautical-themed, 28 acre amusement park built on a pier in the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica (originally intended to compete with Disneyland)   link#1 / link#2 / link#3 /.cool youtube tribute  ….

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      Pacific Ocean Park

    283. Pacific City (Amusement Park) – Coyote Point Beach (San Mateo, CA) (1922-1923)  “The Coney Island of the West”  – The 90-acre beachfront Pacific City boasted “the world’s biggest & fastest roller coaster, a 3,200-foot boardwalk, a 468-foot ferryboat wharf, a merry-go-round, a Ferris wheel, a Japanese tea house, a sprawling dance pavilion and a bathing beach featuring 2,000 tons of white sand – link / link#2newspaper link …………………………………..  pacifc-city-amusement-park-san-mateo2
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      Pacific City – San Mateo

       

    284. Pan Pacific Auditorium – Los Angeles, CA (1935-1972) Located in the Fairfax District
    285. Paradise Island Amusement Park – Sacramento, CA (1990’s??) – located inside Cal Expo (California State Fairgrounds)
    286. Paramount Movie Ranch (1927-??) / Paramount Ranch Raceway (1955-1957) – high up in the Santa Monica Mountains in what is now Agoura Hills, CA – Previously a working Movie Ranch and now a National Park still featuring a remodeled Old West building/town set – link / link#2 / link#3

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      Paramount Movie Ranch

    287. Pat Derby’s Famous Wild Animals / Wildcat Sanctuary – Leggett, CA (1970’s-??) featuring “retired” wild animals of TV and motion pictures

      Pat Derby’s Famous Wild Animals

    288. Pee Wee Mini Golf (at the Air Park) – Bakersfield , CA – known as ‘the Dinosaur Mini Golf’ on South Union 
    289. Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom / Pharaoh’s Theme & Water Park – Redlands, CA (1994-2006) This Adventure Park was a 17-acre Egyptian theme park that included a water park, an amusement park, three race car tracks, four nine-hole miniature golf courses, a laser tag arena, an outdoor 2,550-seat amphitheater for concerts, midway rides, Namcoland arcade, bumper boats, kiddie rides, indoor soft-play area, had a sand beach, picnic area, a Skycoaster, indoor sports arena with a lounge – Reopened in 2010 under new ownership as Pharaoh’s Adventure Park, closed again a year later – Sold yet again and getting ready to re-open again in 2012 as Splash Kingdom at Pharaoh’s  – link ……………………………..

      Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom

      Pharoah’s Lost Kingdom

    290. Phoenix Museum of History – Phoenix, AZ (1920’s-2009) – Link
    291. Phoenix Trotting Park (Horse Racing Track) – Goodyear, AZ (1965-1966) – link #1 / link #2 ………………………………………..

      Phoenix Trotting Park – Goodyear, AZ

    292. Phonehenge West – Acton, CA (1980s?-2011) an innovative wonderland of strange but beautiful sculptures & buildings from one mans dedication & determination.  link #1 / link #2 / link#3
    293. Piedmont Baths / Japanese Tea Garden (Piedmont Park) (1890-1939)- Oakland, CA – link#1 / link#2 / link#3 ……………….
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      Piedmont Baths – Oakland

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      Japanese Tea Garden  (Piedmont Springs)

    294. Pier 3 Aquarium / Pier 54 Aquarium – Seattle, WA (1938-1945) link / link#2
    295. Pierpoint Landing – Long Beach, CA (located at the end of Pier A) (1948-1972) –A sportfishing, eating & entertainment complex that included kiddie rides, a Sea Lion feeding tank and souvenir shops – not to be confused with the existing sportfishing company near the Long Beach Aquarium – link#1 / link#2

      Pierpoint Landing  (end of pier A)

    296. The Pike (1902-1949)/ Nu Pike (1949-1971)/ Queens Pike (1971-1979) – Long Beach, CA – link#1 / link#2 …. youtube tribute / youtube tribute#2

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      Long Beach Pike – Cyclone Racer

    297. Pismo Playway Amusement Park– Pismo Beach, CA (1940’s-1950’s?)
    298. Pixieland – Otis Junction/Lincoln City, OR (1969-1975) A small but fun amusement park with it’s own train, log flume ride, western village, arcade, opera house (melodrama theater) restaurant and more on the central Oregon Coastlink / link#2
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      Pixieland – Central Oregon Coast (Otis Jct.)

      Pixieland – Central Oregon Coast

      Pixieland – Central Oregon Coast

    299. Pizza Time Theater (Chuck E Cheese) – San Jose, CA  (opened in 1977) – originalpizza-time-theater-original-logo location (1st store) located in the former Town & Country Village (across from the Winchester Mystery House) was the first family restaurant to integrate food, animated entertainment, and an indoor arcade. When the first location opened in 1977, the animatronic characters were featured in framed portraits hanging on the walls of the main dining area. The show featured Crusty the cat (the first character to face retirement as he was soon replaced with Mr. Munch in 1978), Pasqually the singing chef, Jasper T. Jowls, the Warblettes, & the main focus of the show, Chuck E. Cheese. link#1 / link#2

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      Pizza Time Theatre Animatronic Characters

    300. Planes of Fame Museum – Ontario, CA (1965-1973) expanded & relocated to the Chino Airport in 1973
    301. Playland (Arcade) – Roseville, CA (1990’s) (large indoor video arcade & ticket redemption center, play area, and 4 kiddie rides including a kiddie coaster)
    302. Playland  (Arcade) – Clovis, CA (1990’s) (same as above)
    303. Playland (Amusement Park) – (Bitter Lake/Shoreline) North Seattle, WA (1930-1961) – link ……………………………………………….
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      Playland – Seattle

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      Playland – Seattle

    304. Playland-At-The-Beach (Amusement Park)– San Francisco, CA (1926-1972) – link#1  / link#2 / link#3 ……………………………….
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      Playland-At-The-Beach – San Francisco

      Playland-At-The-Beach (shown here along the Great Highway, Highway 1) – San Francisco

    305. Playland Pier / Barbary Coast – Coeur d’Alene, ID (1941-1975) –  great pics / link #1 / link#2 …………………………………………

      Playland Pier – Coeur D’Alene, ID

    306. Pollardville Ghost Town – Stockton, CA (1946-2007) – this attraction featured the Palace Showboat Dinner Theater & Saloon, Chicken Kitchen Restaurant, the “smallest post office in the U.S., Jamestown Jail, authentic 1957 “Big Country” movie set, CKRR Narrow-Gauge Railroad (train rides), a stagecoach line and gunfights on Main Street, fishing and gold panning – link #1 / link #2 [newspaper article link#3]

      Pollardville – Stockton

    307. Ponderosa Ranch (Home of the Cartwright Family from the Legendary Western TV Series, Bonanza) – Incline Village, NV (1967-2004) – link

      Ponderosa Ranch – Incline Village

    308. Portland Ice Arena – Portland, OR (1914-195?)
    309. Portland Speedway – Portland, OR (1924-2000) link
    310. The Presidio of San Francisco (US Army Base) – San Francisco, CA (1776-1994) (included military artifacts, fort, cannons, lots more) link#1 / link #2

      Presidio of San Francisco

    311. Prospector Hill – Auburn, CA (closed in the 1990’s) (miniature golf, batting cages, water shooter, arcade)
    312. Putt-Putt Fun Center / Boomers – Escondido, CA (1973-2006) mini golf, go-karts, bumper boats – link
    313. Putt-Putt Golf – Modesto, CA (1960-1995) – link
    314. Q-Zar Lazer Tag – multiple locations have closed (however the one in Concord is still operating)
    315. Querino Canyon Trading Post – Houck, AZ (located off the old US Route 66 (now Hwy I-40) at the Arizona/New Mexico state line) the building is now in advance decay/ruins – link
    316. Rainforest Reptile Refuge – Surrey, BC, CANADA  (1986-2007)
    317. Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not Museum – Buena Park, CA (1990-2009)

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      Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum – Buena Park

    318. Riverside International Raceway – Riverside, CA (1957-1989)
    319. Roy Rogers Museum – Apple Valley, CA (1967-1976), Victorville, CA (1976-2003) (then relocated to Branson, Missouri in 2003 – closed permantly in 2009) – link#1 / link#2 ……………………………………….

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      Roy Rogers Museum

    320. Royal London Wax Museum – (2 locations) Scottsdale, AZ & Phoenix, AZ
    321. Royal London Wax Museum – Victoria, BC, CANADA (1961-2010) closure link  Royal London Wax Museum - Victoria, BC, Canada
    322. Royal Pacific Wax Museum – Newport, OR (1969-1984) this collection was relocated to the Wax Works on the Bayfront in Newport – link
    323. Royer Park Zoo & Miniature Train – Roseville, CA (1950s-1995) link / video link

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      Royer Park Train “Little Lulu”

    324. Saltair Pavilion / The Hippodrome – Magna, UT (just southwest of  Salt Lake City) (1893-1958) – link#1 / link#2 …………………

      Saltair Pavilion – Utah (on the eastern shores of the Great Salt Lake)

    325. Sam’s Town – Cameron Park, CA (1967-2001) an old-fashion Western/Frontier mining-themed village featuring and elaborate restaurant, saloon, museum of turn-of-the-century memorabilia, Wells Fargo Stagecoach and a huge arcade – link #1 / link #2  ……………………………………………….sams-town-cameron-park

      Sam’s Town Arcade – Cameron Park

    326. San Jose Go Karts – Monterey Road, San Jose, CA (1977-2001) – link

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      San Jose Go Karts

    327. San Jose Speedway – San Jose, CA (1967-1999) track used to be across from the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds main entrance off Tully Rd. & Monterey Rd – also was located at one time on the fairgrounds itself – also located next to Reid-Hillview airport at one time   link / link#2  …………………………………..san-jose-speedway
    328. Santa Claus Acres – Santa Claus, AZ located on Hwy 93 North of Kingman (1937-197?) – link#1link#2 – link#3 (Christmas Tree Inn – 1951 postcard & brief story) …………………………………..

      Santa Claus, Arizona

    329. Santa Claus Lane – Carpenteria, CA (1948-1984) Santa Claus, California was built as a roadside attraction along the coastal highway south of Santa Barbara beginning in 1948. “Santa Claus Lane” started with a post office and juice shop selling date shakes. The attraction grew during the 1950s when Toyland and Santa’s Kitchen were added. By 1960 there were novelty shops, cafes, a candy store, a miniature train, a small petting zoo, pony rides, a wishing well and a 20-foot tall Frosty The Snowman was added to the roof of Santa’s Kitchen. Eventually Santa Claus Lane became rundown. The last part to operate was a Christmas train which stopped running in 1984. The famous statue of Santa coming out of a chimney was taken down in 2002 and moved to Oxnard, CA.   link#1 / link#2 / link#3

      Santa Claus Lane

      Santa Claus Lane

    330. Santafair – Federal Way, WA (1960s-1970s) –an amusement park which was located on the grounds of the old Federal Way Shopping Center halfway between Seattle & Tacoma during the 60’s and 70’s.  link #1 / link #2  (scroll down to page 43 of PDF file) ………………………………………………………………….santafair-magazine-ad
    331. Santa’s Village – Scotts Valley, CA (1957-1979) – link

      Santa’s Village – Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz, CA

    332. Santa’s Village – Skyforest (Lake Arrowhead), CA (1955-1998) – link

      Santa’s Village – Skyforest/Lake Arrowhead, CA

    333. Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, CA (1924-1927) – link
    334. Santa Monica’s North Beach – Santa Monica, CA (1887-1905) – link
    335. Saratoga Springs Resort (Amusement Park) – Saratoga Springs/Lehi, UT (1884-????) –  link
    336. Satyricon (night club) – Portland, OR (1983-2010) – became best known as a venue for local and touring punk & alternative rock bands. Operating from 1983 to 2010, it was the longest-running punk venue in the western United States  link
    337. Sea Gulch – Seal Rock, OR  (1970’s-1980’s??) This was a neat little hiking adventure trail through a small forest interspersed with small villages and characters/creatures handcarved/chainsaw carved by the owner/craftsman and home to the elusive “Bigfoot” –  link – (scroll 2/3 down page)

      Sea Gulch – Seal Rock (Central Oregon Coast)

    338. Sealand of The Pacific – Oak Bay/Victoria (Vancouver Island), BC, Canada – link

      Sealand of The Pacific

    339. Seals Stadium – San Francisco, CA (1931-1959) formerly located in the Mission District , home of the San Francisco Seals, Mission Reds & original home of the newly relocated San Francisco Giantslink

      Seals Stadium

    340. Seattle Center Coliseum (Washington State Pavilion) – Seattle, WA (1962-1994) – link
    341. Seattle Marine Aquarium (originally known as Seattle Public Aquarium) Seattle, WA (1962-1977) was located on Pier 56 on the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle – link

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      Seattle Marine Aquarium

    342. Selig Zoo (Eastlake Park Zoo & Movie Studio) – Los Angeles, CA (1864-1948) (Eastlake Park/Lincoln Heights) Located next to Lincoln Park – link

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      Selig Zoo

    343. Shadow Cliffs Waterslides / The Rapids @ Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area – Pleasonton, CA (1981-2011) link

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      Shadow Cliffs Waterslides

    344. Shell Mound Amusement Park – Emeryville, CA (1870’s-1924) link

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      Shell Mound Amusement Park

    345. Sheridan Deer Park – Sheridan, OR (1970’s – 1980’s??)
    346. Ship Ashore Museum – Smith River, CA featured a gift shop on the upper deck with stairs leading down to the museum –  featured a ‘Pirate’s Den’, sea life specimens, ship captain’s steering wheel & control center hands-on exhibit – all on the lower level – link  ……………………………………………………….

      Ship Ashore, Smith River, CA

      Ship Ashore Museum

    347. Shipwreck – Eureka, CA (1960’s – 1970’s??) old ship with a seal pond
    348. Sick’s Stadium – Seattle, WA (1938-1976) the former home of the old Seattle Rainiers / Seattle Angels of the PCL as well as the 1969 Seattle Pilots, later concerts featuring the likes of Elvis & Hendrix were held here –  link#1 / link#2 / Seattle PI newspaper link article

      Sick’s Stadium

    349. Showbiz Pizza Placehuge arcade, redemption center, kiddie rides, animatronic entertainment – multiple locations in the 70’s and 80’s – merged with Chuck E Cheese (Pizza Time Theater) in 1984link#1 / link#2
    350. Soledad Sands Park – Acton, CA (1950’s-70’s?) park included a huge swimming pool, waterslide, giant racing slide, miniature train, BMX track & more  –  Facebook Link
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      Soledad Sands Park

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      Soledad Sands Park

    351. Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park / Las Vegas Zoo – Las Vegas, NV (closed 2013) archived website link
    352. Speed Ring Indoor Kart Racing – Santa Clara, CA (closed 2006)
    353. Speed The Ride / Cyber Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (1999-2011) a full-size roller coaster plus a simulated sound & motion racing experience located at the recently-closed Sahara Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Striplink#1 / link#2
    354. Spirit Lake Lodge / Spirit Lake – Mount St. Helens, WA (Very popular winter retreat & tourist destination as well as the home of legendary owner/historian Harry R. Truman – link#1 / link#2 – lost forever after the volcanic eruption on May 18, 1980) link#3   
    355. Splashdown (Milpitas Waterslides) – Milpitas, CA (1970’s – 1980’s?)
    356. Spokane Coliseum – Spokane, WA (1954-1995)
    357. Spruce Goose – Long Beach, CA (1980-1988) The famous Hughes H-4 Hercules flying boat that Howard Hughes commissioned and flew on a trial run on 2 Nov. 1947 was housed in a huge dome hangar adjacent to the Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, CA  from 1980 til 1988 when it was acquired by the Walt Disney Company and relocated in 1993 to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, OR. 

      Spruce Goose & Queen Mary - Long Beach, CA

      Spruce Goose & Queen Mary

    358. Squaw Valley Ice Arena (aka Blyth Arena) – Squaw Valley at North Lake Tahoe, CA (1959-1983) built for the 1960 Winter Olympic Games  
      Squaw Valley Ice Arena - North Lake Tahoe

      Squaw Valley Ice Arena

      Squaw Valley Ice Arena

    359. Stanley Park Zoo – Vancouver, BC – CANADA (located within Stanley Park) (1905- 1996) – zoo eventually relocated to Aldergrove, BC and was renamed the Greater Vancouver Zoo  …………………………………………………………stanley-park-zoo-vancouver-bc

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      Stanley Park Zoo

    360. Stanley Park Children’s Farmyard – Vancouver, BC, CANADA (also located within Stanley Park) (1982-2011) – This petting zoo was a successor to the original children’s zoo that started in 1962 – link
    361. Star Trek: The Experience + History of The Future Museum – Las Vegas, NV (1998-2008) located inside the Las Vegas Hilton – link#1 / link#2 / link#3

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      Star Trek: The Experience

    362. Starwood (nightclub) – West Hollywood, CA (1973-1981) link

    363. Steeplechase Park – San Francisco, CA (1899-1906) was located in Central Park at 8th and Market Streets in San Francisco – link
    364. Stone Age Park – Langlois, OR (1970’s – 1980’s ??) museum of Indian artifacts – rocks, minerals & geode collection – featuring live reindeer, hand feed birds and farm animals, trout fishing, botanical gardens, and duck pond/picnic grounds

      Stone Age Park

      Stone Age Park – Langlois, OR

    365. Storyeum – Vancouver, BC, CANADA (2000-2006) located in the Gastown district of Vancouver –  link / history link………….

      Storyeum – Vancouver, BC

    366. Streamland Park Amusement Park – Pico Rivera, CA (1950’s-1968) a small kiddie park that featured a merry-go-round, ferris wheel, rollercoaster & other kiddie rides – https://youtu.be/6JkCiTjkSoY  28496956661_49c92d4c05_b
    367. Stump House (World Famous Stump House) – Eureka, CA (1960’s-1990’s) link

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      Stump House

    368. Sunland Amusement Park – Sunland, CA (1940’s-1950’s)

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      Sunland Amusement Park

    369. Sunny Cove Baths – Alameda, CA (early 1900’s-1950)
    370. Sunset Pier – Venice, CA (1921-1947) link
    371. Sutro Baths – San Francisco, CA (1896-1966)  link#1 / link#2 / link#3

      Sutro Baths – San Francisco

    372. Swing Auditorium – San Bernardino, CA (1949-1981) indoor arena built on the grounds of the National Orange Show – a prominent rock arena on the West Coast with a long historylink
    373. Tacoma Ice Palace – Tacoma, WA  link
    374. Tahoe Amusement Park – South Lake Tahoe, CA (1960’s-2008) Little information can be found on this small 4-acre amusement park which had been in deteriorating condition for several years – Yelp link

      Tahoe Amusement Park - South Lake Tahoe, CA

      Tahoe Amusement Park

    375. Tanforan Racetrack – San Bruno, CA (1899-1964) link
    376. Teapot Dome Service Station – Zillah, WA (1922-1978?) history link
    377. Teton Mystery – Jackson Hole, WY (closed in 2005) – another mystery house that defies gravity –  link#1 – link#2 ………………………………………..

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      Teton Mystery – Jackson Hole, WY (courtesy of TravellingMel.com)

    378. Territorial Prison & Wax Museum – Virginia City, NV (originally built in 1869) (closed about 1997-98)
    379. The Beach Waterpark – Albuquerque, NM (1987-2005) Albuquerque Journal newspaper article about closure

      The Chutes – San Francisco (Haight Street location)

    380. The Chutes – San Francisco, CA (1895-1911) 3 different locations around SF (the 1st location was at the end of Haight Street in 1895, then moved to Fulton at 10th Street in 1902, then moved to Fillmore/Webster/Eddy/Turk block in 1907)  link#1  link#2

      The Chutes – San Francisco (Richmond District location)

    381. The Thing (originally located between Barstow & Baker, CA) (1950-1965) moved to Dragoon, AZ in 1965 and still operates there today link#1  link#2  link#3

      Thrill-Ville USA – Turner, OR

    382. Thrill-Ville USA (Amusement Park & Waterslide) -Turner/Salem, OR (1971-2007)  link#1  link#2

      Thrill-Ville USA – Turner, OR

    383. Thunderbeast Park (Dinosaur Park) – Chiloquin, OR (1962-199?)  link

      Thunderbeast Park – Chiloquin, OR

      Thunderbeast Park (courtesy of vintageroadside.com)

    384. Tivoli Gardens / Columbia Gardens – Anaheim, CA (1876-1921) early theme park was a miniature replica of the famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark – link
    385. Treasure Island Museum – Located On Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay (1976-1997) link
    386. Tree Circus – Scott’s Valley (1947-1963) see listing above for Lost World – link#1  link#2Santa Cruz Public Library History Link   ………………………………. 

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      Tree Circus – Scotts Valley

    387. Tropical Tees Miniature Golf – Fresno, CA
    388. Twin Arrows Trading Post / Canyon Padre Trading Post – Twin Arrows, AZ (1949-late 1998) – link#1link#2link#3 – link#4 – link#5 – Flagstaff newspaper article Link#6 from 2009 about the refurbishing of this site

      Twins Arrows Trading Post

    389. Two Guns – Northern Arizona – (30 miles east of Flagstaff along I-40 – formerly along Route 66) – Ghost Town, trading post, tavern, campground, motel,  zoo, reptile house, caves & caverns – link

      Two Guns  (Northern Arizona)

    390. Uncanny Canyon (House of Mystery) –  near Lost Creek Lake in rural Jackson County, OR  – formerly located on the Crater Lake Highway about halfway between Gold Hill and Crater Lake -Being so close to the Oregon Vortex (House of Mystery) it generated a bit of a vortex rivalry. The rivalry ended when Uncanny Canyon was submerged after the completion of the Lost Creek Reservoir in the late 1970’s   – link
    391. Uncle Ben’s Kiddyland – San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles (1950’s-1970’s) this small kiddie amusement park moved periodically, having at least 4 different locations in Van Nuys, Panorama City & Studio City (Sepulveda/Woodman/Van Nuys Blvd) throughout it’s existencefacebook link

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      Uncle Ben’s Kiddyland

    392. UnderSea Gardens / Undersea World – Crescent City, CA (1964-1985) originally opened on a barge – a 2nd attraction also here but now long gone was known as ‘Shipwreck’ – link
    393. Undersea Gardens – Santa Barbara, CA (1950’s – 1969)

      Undersea Gardens – Santa Barbara

    394. Undersea Gardens – Seattle, WA (Shilshole Bay Marina) (1965-1969) link

      Undersea Gardens – Seattle

    395. Union Avenue Plunge & Dance Pavilion– Bakersfield (1916-1975) link / link#2 / detailed history in pdf file link ………………………

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      Union Avenue Plunge  (circa 1950)

    396. Utah Fun Dome / 49th Street Galleria – Salt Lake City/Murray, UT (1983-2004) The Fun Dome had housed an indoor go-kart track, laser tag, air hockey tables and amusement rides as well as a bowling alley and miniature golf courses inside and outside the building plus bungee jumping   link
    397. Vaca Valley Raceway – Vacaville, CA (1958-1972)  link
    398. Valley Fair Shopping Center “Kiddieland” (located on the rooftop of the Macy’s department store) – San Jose, CA (1956-1958) link
    399. Velveteria (The Museum of Velvet Paintings) – Portland, OR (2005-2010) link #1link #2
    400. Venice Amusement Pier – Venice, CA (1921-1946) link

      Venice Amusement Pier

    401. Vernalis Waterslides At The Orchard – Vernalis, CA (1970’s – 1990’s?) featured 2 waterslides in a park-like setting, swimming pool, Campground & RV Park, fruit stand and a weekend flea market
    402. Wagon Wheel Kiddie Land – Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ (Thomas@42nd) (1948-1986) – forum link
    403. Walk In The Wild (Zoo) – Spokane Valley, WA (1972-1995) brochure link / YouTube TV video adverisement
    404. Water World (water theme park) – Bakersfield, CA (early 1980’s-1992) included bumper boatsPDF link (scroll down to page 39)
    405. Waterworld (late 70’s-early 80’s)/WaterWorld USA (1986-2003) /Six Flags WaterWorld (2003-2006) – Sacramento, CA – Originally featured 6 tall platform waterslides, Bumper Boats, Speed Boats, Pedal Boats & poolschanged owership at least 3 times – reopened as Raging Waters in 2007 – Link

      Waterworld – Sacramento

    406. Wawona Drive-Thru Tree (located in Mariposa Grove) – Yosemite National Park, CA (1881-1969)

      Wawona Drive-Thru Tree – Yosemite National Park

    407. Wawona Museum Ship – Seattle, WA (1964-2009)- an American three-masted schooner (sailing ship) that was retired and turned into a museum. She was berthed at South Lake Union Park in Seattle, adjacent to the Center for Wooden Boats. She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington State Heritage Register, and was an official city landmark.link
    408. Wax Museum At Fisherman’s Wharf (original) – San Francisco, CA (1963-1998) The old Wax Museum Entertainment Complex Building was demolished in 1998, having had over 10 million visitors since it opened. A brand new building opened in 2000 but closed for good in 2013.  – Link  ………….

      san-francisco-wax-museum-fishermans-wharf

      Wax Museum (Fisherman’s Wharf)

    409. Westgate Park (stadium) – Mission Valley/San Diego, CA (1958-1967)
    410. Wet-N-Wild Water Park – Las Vegas, NV (1985-2004)

      Wet-N-Wild Water Park – Las Vegas

    411. White City Amusement Park – Lakeside, CO (opened 1908) eventually evolved into Lakeside Amusement Park in the 1930’sstill in operation today – link#1 / link#2
    412. White City Amusement Park – (Lake Whatcom/Silver Beach) Bellingham, WA (1906-1919) – link #1 link #2 / link #3 link #4 (Bellingham Herald 2003 article)

      White City Amusement Park – (Lake Whatcom) Bellingham, WA

    413. White City / Madison Park – Seattle, WA (1908-1912) – link #1  /  link #2
    414. White Water Canyon Waterslides – Chula Vista, CA evolved into Knott’s Soak City
    415. Wide World In Wax – Anaheim, CA (1965-1967) – link#1 / link#2  (scroll down to Holiday Inn picture and article)

      Wide World In Wax Museum – Anaheim

    416. Wild Bill’s Wild West Dinner Extravaganza – Buena Park, CA (1991-early 2000’s) (dinner and live stage show) – link#1 / link#2

      wild-bills-wild-west-dinner-extravaganza-buena-park

      Wild Bill’s Wild West Dinner Extravaganza

    417. Wild Rivers Waterpark – Irvine, CA (1986-2011) – link – Orange County Register newspaper article about this water park’s recent closure LINK
    418. Wild West Waterslides – Stockton, CA (see listing under Golfland/Stockton)
    419. Wild Wild Wet (Water Park) – Anaheim, CA (1970’s-1980’s?)
    420. Windsor Waterworks & Slides – Windsor, CA (early 1980-2004) – link#1Facebook link#2  – link#3 (property for sale disclosure)

      Windsor Waterworks & Slides

      Windsor Waterworks & Slides

    421. Winterland Ballroom / Winterland Arena – San Francisco, CA (1928-1979) (Ice Rink/Ballroom/Arena/ and legendary Concert Hall (music venue) – originally known as the New Dreamland Auditorium link #1link #2
    422. Wonderland Amusement Park – Ocean Beach/San Diego, CA (1913-1916) Featured a large Roller Coaster, Waterslide, Dance Pavilion, Ballroom, large Menagerie, Roller Skating Rink, Merry-Go-Round, Children’s Playground and 22,000 lights outlining the buildings – Most of it was washed away by high tides in 1916 – pdf link #1  (San Diego Tribune) …………………………………………………………………………………………….  

      wonderland-amusement-park-ocean-beach-san-diego

      Wonderland Amusement Park  (Ocean Beach)

    423. Wonderland Inn & Amusement Park – Wallowa Lake (near Joseph), OR (1923-1940) Developed in 1923 as an amusement park at the south end of the lake, the park contained a restaurant, store, bowling alley, dance hall, outdoor movie theater, horse drawn carousel and cabins for those wishing to stay overnight. An 18 passenger boat carried the guests who arrived in Joseph (which lies at the north end of the lake) down the entire four mile stretch of Wallowa Lake, finally arriving that the inn and amusement park – Link #1  /  Link #2

      Woodland Deer Park – Cave Junction, OR

    424. Woodland Deer Park – Cave Junction, OR

      Woodland Deer Park – Cave Junction, OR

    425. Woodward’s Gardens – San Francisco, CA (1866-1891) One of the oldest attractions on this list and most obscure and needless to say forgotten due to the fact that no living person today was alive during it’s 25 years in operation – This sprawling 6-acre attraction featured (in a lush manicured garden setting) a zoo, marine aquarium, trout ponds, seal pit, aviary, 4 museums, conservatory, fine art gallery, amusement pavilion, circus performers, stage shows, roller skating rink, rotary boat rides on the lake, hot air balloon rides, playground, gymnasium, ornate fountains, 4 acres of winding paths through the gardens and a concert pavilion – most of these attractions were pioneering first of the kind at this early time period – link#1 link#2 / link#3 / link#4 / link#5

      Woodward’s Gardens – San Francisco

    426. The Wooz (Labyrinth/Maze & Fun Park) – Vacaville, CA (1988-199?) – Link#1Newspaper article LinkFacebook Link

      The Wooz – Vacaville, CA (Hwy sign just off I-80)

      The Wooz – Vacaville, CA (ariel view)

    427. Working Wonders Children’s Museum – Bend, OR (closed 2009)
    428. World of Coca-Cola – Las Vegas, NV (1998-2000) Everything imaginable Coca-Cola – includes huge museum, tasting room of World flavors, and mega gift shop – Link #1 / Link #2

      World of Coca-Cola – Las Vegas

    429. World of the Unexplained Museum / Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – San Francisco, CA (Fishermans Wharf) (1972-1985) – link
    430. World’s Wonder View Tower & Museum – Genoa, CO (1920’s-2013?) The Geological Survey reportedly confirmed, in 1934, that the tower’s peak was the highest point between Denver and New York City. The tower is 65 feet tall. Ripley’s Believe it or Not proved that it was possible to see six states from the top. Inside, 87 steps (including some very steep, ladder-like stairs) carry visitors through a series of rooms. Downstairs there is also a museum and curio shop containing curiosities and novelty items such as a two-headed calf, an eight-legged pig, and more than 50,000 types of glass bottles. The museum also contains historic American West artifacts, guns and weapons, Native American arrowheads and other artifacts, and fossils  link

      wonder-view-tower-genoa-colorado

      World’s Wonder View Tower – Genoa, Colorado

    431. Yakima Meadows (Horse Racing) – Yakima, WA (1961-1998)
    432. Yosemite ‘Firefall’ – Yosemite National Park, CA (1880’s-1968) – Link

      Yosemite ‘Firefall’ (Glacier Point)

    433. Yuma Fun Factory – Yuma, AZ (2009-2010) – newspaper article link
    434. Zapp’s Park – Fresno, CA (1904-1917) ground-breaking family park, gardens, swimming hole, zoo, scenic railway, carousel, Ferris wheel, shooting gallery, rollercoaster, bowling alley – Link / YouTube brief video history

      Zapps Park – Fresno

    435. Zzyzx Mineral Springs & Health Spa – Zzyzx, CA (1944-1974) located in the middle of the Mojave Desert 7 miles south of Baker on I-15 – Link

      Zzyzx Mineral Springs Resort

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EARLY DAY NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATERSLIDES 

► Here is another LINK to wonderful newspaper article and review on 6 different Northern California Waterslides from the Modesto Bee dated August 26, 1982 – The featured waterslides are Blue Lagoon in Vacaville, Crazy Horse in Shingle Springs, WaterWorld at Cal Expo in Sacramento, The Orchard in Vernalis, Oakwood Lake Resort in Manteca and Wild West in Stockton….. each of these are also listed in the comprehensive list above.

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A Few More Images of Long Gone Attractions

Lake Dolores – Newberry Springs, CA

Marriott’s Great America (Kid Kingdom) – Santa Clara, CA

Magic Mountain – Colossus – 1978 – before Six Flags takeover

Yosemite “Firefall”

Woodward’s Gardens – San Francisco, CA

Sam’s Town – Cameron Park, CA

Pharoah’s Lost Kingdom – Redlands, CA

Frasier’s Frontier / Marshal Scotty’s – El Cajon, CA

Jungleland – Thousand Oaks, CA

Santa Claus Lane – Carpenteria, CA

Santa Claus Lane – Carpinteria, CA

Ponderosa Ranch – Incline Village, NV (TV Home of Bonanza)

Legend City – Tempe, AZ

Frontier Village – San Jose, CA

Santa’s Village – Scotts Valley, CA

Marine World (Children’s Play Zone) – Redwood City, CA

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Here’s a link to an awesome tribute site reflecting on past Disney attractions and much more ~ definitely worth a visit! 🙂

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Check Out My Other Travel Related Posts About Tourist Attractions & Destinations Below:

(The following six links are posts within this website)

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Links To More Roadside Attraction Websites:

(Added Dec/2009)

  • Mike’s Historic Amusement Parks

  • News Plus Notes – NewsPlusNotes is a blog dedicated to the coverage of the amusement industry – Their content runs the gamut from major industry headlines to exclusive reports and items of historical significance.


38 Responses

  1. Hello, I was there in 1971! Southern California, September-October, had a wonderful time visiting Marineland, Belmont Park, Palisades-On-Pacific. Thankfully the people saved the rollercoaster at Belmont. Too bad the others are history. Did you know The Beach Boys mentioned P.O.P. in their album “Summer Days, Summer Nights”?

    By the way, if you liked The Dean Martin Show…come see http://draaiorgelfan.wordpress.com. I’ve got The Golddiggers and lots more!

    Thanks and cheers from Ralph!

    • I also have lots of fond memories of those wonderful places as well as those years – the late 60’s – early 70’s. I use to live in Southern California many years back but have been in northern cal for the past 40+ years. And yes I am aware of the Beach Boys reference to P.O.P. I do fondly remember watching the Dean Martin variety show often – and am reminded about it from whenever the 30 minute infomercials come on TV every now and then about the compilation episodes they’re promoting for sale – Dean Martin, Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope, Andy Williams, Texaco Star Theater, Rowan & Martin, Smothers Brothers – all favorites of mine back in the day – so much better than a lot of the stuff on TV nowadays. I’ll have to check out your site/blog. Sounds like you’re a nostalgia buff too! – Thanks for commenting

  2. Hello, Werner. I just got your message (first time logged in at this hour) and I inserted it on my blog as is. I would say that BOTH of us are nostalgia buffs! It’s amazing that I never saw Disneyland in the three weeks I was there visiting relatives in Anaheim and Pasadena. Ran out of time!…but I DID add Knott’s Berry Farm, got splashed on the Log Flume.

    Will return soon to study Yesterland and see what I missed. Cheers again from Ralph!

  3. Hey I landed on your page by chance on bing while looking for something really different but I am very glad that I did, You have just caught yourself another subscriber. 🙂

  4. Hi nice read you should add your website on Shout Space

  5. […] be entirely coincidental. My best guess is that they’re the ghoulish remains of a carousel or amusement park ride, which were pretty common along the West Coast in the 1960s . Sometime since 1970 somebody came […]

  6. Hey this is such a good site! I love how it brings back the history of California in a way! Thanks for putting it up!

  7. Santa Barbara had an undersea attraction, I think it was also called “Undersea Gardens.”

    • Appreciate the mention of Undersea Gardens – I added it to the list after doing some searching and even found an old pic – Thanks Teresa for the lead

  8. I’ve got a couple more for you in Arizona.
    1. Wagon Wheel Kiddie Land in Encanto Park in Phoenix. I’m not sure of the dates, but I know it was mentioned all the time on the Wallace and Ladmo Show in the 1970s and 1980s.
    2. Jack Adams’ Alligator Farm between Mesa and Apache Junction. I know it was operating in the 1950s and 1960s. My dad tried to apply for a job there in 1953, but they turned him down flat when he told them he was married!

    • Thanks so much for the leads on the Alligator Farm and Kiddie Land – I appreciate it very much – I actually do have vague memories of a small childrens amusement park in Encanto Park since you mentioned it. I never lived in Phoenix but made a few visits to the region as well as extensive travel throughout Arizona back in the late 70’s to the mid 80’s. I’m always looking for leads to update this never-ending search for lost attractions and amusements. Keep an eye out for new additions to this post.

  9. Thanks for the research on this page. Very cool it is to read what I seen some of when I was a little kid. Some of this I never knew, so thank you

    • You’re very welcome. Glad to enlighten viewers as to what fun things there were to enjoy on those great car trips back in the day (or even in your own “backyard”) and over the years that have long since shuttered their doors. I really hate to see many of these fall into obscurity and forgotten about forever. Please continue to check back from time to time as I’ve been adding more sites and links to this post a few times a month.

  10. Hi there- What a list! That must have been a lot of work to compile.
    I’d love a credit on the Teton Mystery sign photo you took off my blog when you get a chance.
    Thanks! Melynda
    http://www.travellingmel.com/index.php/TravelingMel/2007/08/23/teton_mystery_what_is_it

    • Thanks Melynda – I started over a year ago and have been updating info and links frequently as I come across more. A number of the pics have come from my own family travel scrapbooks and photo albums. This has been a labor of love as I’ve enjoyed hitting the road frequently over the last few decades. I’d be more than happy to credit you on your photo and even link back to you (on the photo itself) if that’s ok with you. Let me know when you have a chance.

      All the best,
      coolrain44

  11. Thank you so much for mentioning and including a picture of Indian Forest in Florence, OR! I grew up on the Oregon Coast and I loved that place! It was my most favorite elementary school field trip. So sad that it closed so I won’t be able to take my own kids there now.
    It was also really cool to learn that there used to be rides up on Council Crest in Portland – I never knew that!
    Thanks again for putting this together. What a great stroll down Memory Lane 🙂

  12. The ride they are talking about in #61 was called “The Enchanted World of San Francisco” I think.

  13. Can anyone identify this Idaho roadside attraction?

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xeoZlmOWXWYTQlVzfrSI9EXapOkZQ1MziqnypQh-sjM?feat=directlink

    In ’61 my father drove our family from Spokane, Washington where my grandparents lived to Sandpoint, Idaho to visit my uncle and his family. We stopped to take a photo at a roadside attraction with fiberglass Indians and a teepee. It was probably on highway 2 along the Pend Oreille River at Albeni Falls Dam. On the hill In the background at center is a group of utility towers – linking to the hydro-electric dam? On the hill at far left is a cross of some sort – it looks to have an Indian design.

    I’d be interested in knowing the exact location and when this disappeared. I’m the one squatting – little round-headed Charlie Brown.

    Thanks, Patrick

  14. Thank you for including my Grandfather’s Alligator Farm in Mesa, Az. It was so exciting to see it posted on here!!!
    Rebecca Key

    • I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the farm as well as remembering it’s location, although I’d have a hard time trying to pinpoint it today. One of the pleasant memories of my childhood travels from so many years ago. I wish I could find more information online about it and include a link to direct others to learn more about this lost, but definitely not forgotten attraction of the past. Thanks so much for your kind words and if you happen to have any more information, photos or referrals to other sites, please let me know.

  15. The two I remember are Marineland on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. I’ve since been to Sea World in San Diego, but it just doesn’t measure up.

    I also used to stop by Jack Adams Alligator Farm (I thought it was in Tempe, but you have it in Mesa) when I drove back home to Globe.

    A place that I think you may have missed is Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. My then girlfriend and I used to go to races there. Loved it. It closed in 2009.

    Here is a link: http://www.butterfieldphotos.com/Robert/2010/04/one-year-ago-arizona%E2%80%99s-manzanita-speedway-closes/

    • I appreciate your interest and input very much. I also checked out the Speedway link and was intrigued by the history of Manzanita. I went ahead and updated this post once again and included the speedway in it. And you are absolutely right in your comparison of Sea World and Marineland. Marineland also holds many fond childhood memories for me.

  16. Lou’s Living Donut Museum of San Jose!

    http://sfist.com/2006/06/09/lous_living_donut_museum_closing.php

  17. Does anyone remember the Marin Town and Country Club from the late 60s (I am 51)…I remember going there as a kid from the city (SF) they had several swimming pools there, thats about all I can remember, but it was always fun to go…there and Lake Tamescal (spelling ?) which was just across the bay bridge from SF….

  18. Terrific site. Thanks for putting this together, it’s priceless. I’ve been to some of these places as a child and it brings back memories.

  19. […] little bonus:  This is a super cool site listing all sorts of long lost but not forgotten tourist attractions throughout the west, including […]

  20. Baylands Raceway Park Dirt Oval and Drag strip in Fremont,Ca It was there until the 1980’s I don’t remember the year they tore it down.

  21. Sal & Rusty’s 2709 Fremont,St Las Vegas (Just East of Old Showboat Hotel) or “Funland” on Nellis and Boulder Hwy, in Vegas. both places closed in 50’s http://on.fb.me/ZJjoDg

  22. Your #30 Black Canyon Dog Park has a bad link. Here is the link but I get a 404.
    http://www.ghosttownaz.info/abandoned-places/black-canyon-greyhound-park/

    Using google I found this: http://www.ghosttownaz.info/black-canyon-greyhound-park.php if that’s what you mean.

    As an aside, I used to live in AZ but never visited this park. I went to a Greyhound park in Phoenix somewhere and was sorely disappointed. It was the most ugly, tasteless and depressing place. I had been to Santa Anita as my first horse racing park, so I have measured all racing parks from that. Pretty high standard, but dog racing just doesn’t appeal to me. I went with my then girlfriend (the same one with whom I went to Manzanita). She was disgusted too, and as an animal lover she thought the dogs weren’t well cared for.

  23. #273 San Jose Speedway- here is some history;;;;http://legendsofsanjosespeedway.com/
    The original one was located near Tully Rd.Capitol Exp. And the one that was at the fairgrounds on Tully & 7th you mention: track used to be across from the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds main entrance off Tully/Monterey Rd I dont recall this. Once you walked in the main entrance (Tully Rd) you would just walk straight back and there it was. Sometimes you could go through the back entrance from Umbarger Rd. My grandpa & dad both raced at both locations. I used to go watch my dad race as a child back when it was at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Miss those days!

    Thanks!

  24. Totally amazing. Lived in Santa Monica and been to a lot of the places in California being 64 years old. One place that I can’t find any info is a park with some rides and games on the North side of Wilshire Bl. in Brentwood, West LA near Bundy. Remember when I was a kid.

  25. Great Site… What memories. Any chance anyone knows what they called the row of museums that ran up the hill at the end of Playland at the beach. They had a huge (I believe electric fire), they lost most of the buildings and contents. thanks

  26. Great site indeed, but doesn’t anybody remember the “Soledad Sands”
    a park where our family used to swim in two man made spring fed pools. Located in Soledad Canyon California? Early 1960’s…we lived in Lancaster at the time and my daughter asked me about it since she had a memory of family being there.

    • Thanks for the mention about Soledad Sands, After doing some further investigating, I discovered there was a camp resort there called Jellystone Park (of the Hanna-Barberra Yogi Bear cartoon fame) with slides, steam train, pinball arcade and other water features along with an early day BMX track. Couldn’t get much info on the net about it other than a couple of mentions on 3 posts from others who remember it. I;m guessing it was quite popular back in the 60’s and 70’s. I ave added a mention of this in the above post as of tonight, 7/23/2013
      PS – I’m not sure whether this was part of the national chain of Jellystone Resort Parks which is still inexistence today, the last one on the West Coast being up in the Clearlake area (Lake County), California on top of Cobb Mountain. I have been to that park, maybe about a decade ago.

  27. There is a new one that you should add to the list. Malibu Grand Prix in Redwood City, CA. It opened in 1979 and closed down for good last month on August 18, 2013.

    • wow it lasted a long time.. We went there when it first opened , it was a lot of fun but it was pretty spendy, you had to buy a special license and sign a waiver that if you messed anything up you had to pay for it.. it made you be alot more careful..

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