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

Remembering Lost & Forgotten

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 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

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Lion Country Safari

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 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.

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Santa’s Village

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 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 🙂

***THERE ARE NOW OVER 500 LISTINGS*** 

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Hobbiton USA

► 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. 

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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 / link#2

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      24 Hour Church of Elvis

    2. Abbot Kinney Pier (Amusement Park) – 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. Alhambra Theatre – Sacramento, CA (1927-1973) known as the ‘Showplace of Sacramento’ this was the preeminent movie house in the greater Sacramento area for many years. It was designed in the Moorish style of the great Spanish cities and included a large courtyard and fountain. The interior was lavishly appointed with red carpet, gold trim, and large pillars. link#1 / link#2

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      Alhambra Theatre

    8. Alpine Slide @ Boreal Ridge Ski Area – Donner Summit – near Truckee, CA (1970’s-1980’s?)
    9. Altamont Speedway / Altamont Raceway / Altamont Motorsports Park (also the location of the infamous 1969 Rolling Stones Concert) – Altamont Pass, CA (1966-2008) – link#1 / link#2 ………………………..altamont-speedway
    10. American Advertising Museum – Portland, OR (1986-2004) – link
    11. American Heritage Wax Museum – Scottsdale, AZ

      American Heritage Wax Museum - Scottsdale, AZ

      American Heritage Wax Museum

    12. American Meteorite Museum – Meteor City, AZ  (old Route 66 near Winslow) (1946-1953), then the museum moved to Sedona, AZ (1953-1960) (check out Meteor Crater Museum & Observatory listing further down the list) – link #1 / link #2
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      American Meteorite Museum (Route 66)

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      Meteorite Museum (Sedona)

    13. Amusement City (?) – Lincoln City, OR (1970’s – 1980’s ??)  carnival type rides & attractions 
    14. Andersen’s Animal Park – Buellton, CA (1969-1970?)  formerly located behind the legendary restaurant complex Pea Soup Andersen, which is still in full operation today, it featured a miniature train, bird aviary and a small exotic animal park on the property. It was discontinued in 1970 to make room for a Danish-themed motel – Pea Soup Andersen history link / link#2 / Lompoc newspaper article about her death & connection to the Buellton Animal Park / Jim Delany’s scrapbook (lots of pics) – check out listings further down this list for ‘Howling Wolf Lodge & Wild Animal Sanctuary’ & also ‘Pat Derby’s Wild Animals’andersens-animal-park-pat-derby-bueltonandersens-animal-park-buellton

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      Andersen’s Animal Park

    15. Angels Flight (Railway) – Los Angeles, CA (1901-1969) & (1996-2001) & (2010-2013)  Billed as “The World’s Shortest Railway” a landmark narrow gauge railway in the Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles. It consisted of two funicular cars, Sinai and Olivet, running in opposite directions on a shared cable on the 298 feet long inclined railway.  website / LA Times newspaper article / link#3
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      Angels Flight (circa 1905)

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      Angels Flight (circa 1960)

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      Angels Flight (above 2 pics / circa 2000’s)

    16. Antelope Valley Raceway (Palmdale International Raceway) (Drag Strip) – Palmdale, CA (1964-1980)
    17. Apacheland Movie Ranch/Studio – Gold Canyon/Apache Junction, AZ (1960-2004) – link#1 / link#2  …………………………… apacheland-movie-ranch-arizona3

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      Apacheland Movie Ranch

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

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

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      Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum

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

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      Ascot Park

    21. 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

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

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      Balboa Fun Zone

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

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      Bandon Cheese Factory

    25. Barbie Doll Hall of Fame – Palo Alto, CA (1984-1999) over 20,000 Barbies were on display here! link / link#2 / SF Gate newspaper link / sold to original maker Mattel & moved to El Segundo in Southern California in 1999 – SF Gate newspaper link

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      Barbie Hall of Fame

    26. 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)

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

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      Baylands Raceway Park

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

      Bay Meadows

    30. Bayocean Natatorium & Dance Pavilion – Bayocean, OR (just north of  Tillamook) (1914-1932) additionally a planned amusement park was in the works but never materialized. Towards the end the attraction as well as the entire town was either burned to the ground or disappeared into the Pacific Ocean with little remaining today  link / link#2 / link#3 …………..

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      Bayocean Natatorium & Dance Hall

    31. 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)
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      Bedrock City (Flintstones Park) – Chilliwack, BC

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

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      Bell Gardens Farm Railroad

    34. 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)

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

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      Bernheimer Oriental Gardens

    36. 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 link

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      Beverly Park Kiddieland

    37. Beverly Ponyland – Los Angeles, CA – located next door to Beverly Park Kiddieland (see the listing above this one for more info)

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      Beverly Ponyland

    38. Bible Land (sand sculptures) – Calimesa, CA – (late 1960’s-1994) originally located in Temecula – then moved to Calimesa in 1973 – featured sand sculptures of various scenes primarily of the New Testament, including a life-sized rendition of the Last Supper.   link#1 / link#2

      Bible Land (Sand Sculpture of ‘The Last Supper’)

    39. Big Bear Park / Big Bear Water Resort (Waterslide Park / RV Park) – Waterford, CA (1970’s-2003) featured 11 water slides at one time – link
    40. Big  Splash Water Park – Billings, MT (1992-2012) newspaper link

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      Big Splash Water Park

    41. Big Timber Waterslide – Big Timber, MT (closed in 2015)

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      Big Timber Waterslide

    42. 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

    43. 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

    44. 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 ….
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      Blue Lagoon

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      Courtesy of Vacaville Heritage Council

    45. Blue Lake Park – Fairview/Troutdale, OR (1925-1960) rides removed in 1960 – link
    46. Boardwalk USA – Aurora & Colorado Springs, CO (2 locations) (1980’s-1990’s) – featured a huge arcade with unlimited video game play (which was the trademark of Boardwalk USA) plus also had go-karts, a mini-golf course, maze, bumper cars, kiddie world, laser tag and morelink#1 / link#2
    47. Bob’s Prehistoric City / Bob’s Museum & Rock Shop – Bliss, ID (closed in 2009)  flickr pic
    48. Boron Air Force Station (USAF General Surveillance Radar Station) – Boron, CA  (1952-1975) link / link#2 (lots of pics)  ………….

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      Boron Air Force Station / Radar Station

    49. Brotherhood Raceway Park / Terminal Island Raceway – Terminal Island, CA (between San Pedro & Long Beach) (1974-1995)  link
    50. 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)

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

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      Buckhorn Hot Mineral Baths & Wildlife Museum – Mesa, AZ

    52. 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

    53. 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

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

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      Buffalo Ranch Miniature Steam Train

    55. 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

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

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      Busch Gardens (original Pasadena location)

    57. 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

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      Busch Gardens – Van Nuys

    58. Cajon Speedway – El Cajon, CA (1961-2004) – linkCajon Speedway
    59. 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

    60. California State Fairgrounds – Sacramento, CA (1909-1967) Originally the fair was held at the Capitol Park Pavilion (15th & N St) from 1880-1908 – Then came the move to Stockton Blvd. (at Broadway) location before the move to the current location, Cal Expo in 1968 – link#1 / link#2 / timeline history of the California State Fair / history of the fair pdf link / kcra link to old photos of the fair
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      California State Fairgrounds (Stockton Blvd)

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      Original home of the California State Fair at the Capitol Park Pavilion

    61. California State Fairgrounds Race Track – Sacramento, CA (1906-1970) two different locations that were built for both horse racing as well as auto racing  link
    62. California State Military Museum – Sacramento, CA (1991-2014) was located in Old Sacramentolink  …………………………………………….

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      California Military Museum

    63. 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
    64. 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

    65. 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)

    66. 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

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

      Carlsbad Raceway

    68. 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 ………………………………………….

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      Casino Legends Hall of Fame Museum

    69. Castle Golf Family Fun Park – Prescott Valley, AZ (1992-2004)  newspaper link#1 / newspaper link#2
    70. Caverns of Mystery / Dinosaur Caves / Pacific Museum – Shell Beach, CA (just south of Pismo Beach) (1948-195?) linkhistory link  ……….
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      Dinosaur Caves statue (never completed)

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      Caverns of Mystery

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

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      Cawston Ostrich Farm

    72. Celebrity Sports Center – Glendale, CO (1960-1994) A “huge indoor funland,” an iconic landmark “uniquely Denver,” Celebrity’s was home to 80 bowling lanes, more than 300 video games and pinball machines spread across three arcades, an olympic size pool with three water slides, a billiard room, a full-service restaurant, the “Hofbräu” bar, bumper cars and a shooting gallery which were located in the “Fun Center” game room downstairs, the largest of the 3 arcade rooms, where there were ticketed games such as Skee ball or Boom ball to play for prizes. The original investors included Walt Disney, his brother Roy, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, George Burns, Charles Laughton, Burl Ives, Art Linkletter, John Payne, Spike Jones and Jim and Marion Jordan.  link#1 / link#2link#3 / link#4 / great history link & here’s one more

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      Celebrity Sports Center

    73. 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

    74. 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

    75. 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

    76. Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute (CHCI) – Ellensburg, WA (1993-2013) located on the campus of Central Washington University in Ellensburg. CHCI included a sanctuary for chimpanzees who have learned to communicate with humans and each other using American Sign Language. link#1 / pdf link brochure

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      Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute

    77. 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

    78. 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

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      Chutes-At-The-Beach – San Francisco

    79. 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

    80. 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 link / Cliff House Project link / link #3
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      Original Cliff House – San Francisco (circa 1863)

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      Victorian Cliff House – San Francisco (circa 1900)

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      Neoclassical Cliff House – San Francisco (circa 1930s)

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      Cliff House – San Francisco (circa 1941)

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      Cliff House – San Francisco (circa 1960)

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      Cliff House – San Francisco (circa 1990’s)

    81. Clovis Speedway (formerly Clovis Rodeo Grounds)- Clovis, CA (1960-1980?) link / brief info here (pdf)
    82. 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
    83. 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

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

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      Columbia Gardens Amusement Park

    88. Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology Museum (CREHST) – Richland, WA (1996-2014) Transitioning into the ‘Hanford Reach Interpretive Center’ website link / newspaper link about closure

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      CREHST Museum

    89. Colusa Paranormal Museum & Experience Center – Colusa, CA – supposedly built on a prehistoric Indian burial ground. The building contains a cellar that leads to tunnels built by the Chinese many years ago – link

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      Colusa Paranormal Museum & Experience Center

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

      Coney Island – Reno

    91. Continental Divide Raceway – Castle Rock, CO (1959-1983)  link
    92. Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts – Napa, CA (2001-2008) link
    93. 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

    94. Cotati Raceway – Cotati, CA (1957-1972) – link
    95. 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

    96. Cowboy Memorial Museum & Library – Caliente, CA link
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      Cowboy Memorial Museum & Library

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      Cowboy Memorial Museum & Library

    97. 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

    98. Deerland Park Zoo & Flea Market  – Klamath Falls, OR (1969-1980) – recent obituary link of founder/owner
    99. 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 (original)

    100. 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)

    101. Depoe Bay Wildlife Museum – Depoe Bay, OR (1937-19??) – link
    102. 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

    103. 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
    104. 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

    105. Doggie Diner – San Francisco, CA (multiple San Francisco Bay Area locations) (1949-1986)  link …………………….
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      Doggie Diner – San Francisco

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      Doggie Diner

    106. 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

    107. 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)

    108. Edmonds Field – Sacramento, CA (1949-1964)  former home of the old Sacramento Solons Baseball Club of the Pacific Coast League (PCL)
    109. Electric Park – Aberdeen, WA (circa 1900)
    110. Electric Park – Bellingham, WA (circa 1900)
    111. 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)

    112. Ella’s Frontier Trading Post / Last Frontier – Joseph City, AZ (1955-1980) self-proclaimed oldest trading post along Hwy 66 – also featured an early western museumlink / link#2 / link#3 …………………
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      Ella’s Frontier Trading Post

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      Last Frontier Trading Post

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

      Elvis-A-Rama Museum – Las Vegas

    114. Emeryville Motorcycle Speedway – Emeryville, CA (1930’s-??)
    115. Enchanted Village – Buena Park, CA (1976-1977) see listing for Japanese Village & Deer Parklink#1 / link#2 / link#3

      Enchanted Village – Buena Park

    116. 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
    117. End of The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center & Museum – Oregon City, OR (closed 2009) …………………………………………………

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      End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center & Museum

    118. 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 – here’s a great link to past South Bay hobby shops focussing on trains
    119. Ewu’s Paradise Theater – Aspen, CO (1978-1984) was a live music venue well known in the area
    120. Exotic World / Strippers Hall of Fame – Helendale, CA (closed in 2006)
    121. 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)

    122. 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
    123. 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

    124. Fantasy Doll Show (Birdcage Theatre) – Yermo, CA (1953-1980) check out listing further down this list for ‘Possum Trot’ – link#1 / link#2 / link#3
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      Fantasy Doll Show (Birdcage Theatre)

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      Fantasy Doll Show (Birdcage Theatre)

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

      Fantasy Gardens – Richmond, BC Canada

    126. 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   ….
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      Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour

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    127. Fiddlesticks Family Fun Park – Tempe, AZ (1992-2011) featuring a video arcade, laser tag, miniature golf, kiddie midway rides, go-karts & batting cages  newspaper link  fiddlesticks-family-fun-park-tempe-az
    128. The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA (famous auditorium/concert hall & historic music venue) (196?-1989) decimated by 1989 SF earthquake – link#1 / link#2
    129. Fillmore West – San Francisco, CA (well-known concert hall & music venue) (1968-1989)

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

    130. 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)

    131. 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 / newspaper memorial on the death of the founder & entrepreneuer Irv Perch / link

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      Flying Lady Restaurant

    132. Fort Ord (US Army Base) – Monterey Bay, CA (between Sand City & Seaside) (1917-1994) link#1 / link#2 / link#3 / link#4 (lots of great pics) / link#5 (Fort Ord 20 years later) ………………………………………

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      Ford Ord (main gate)

    133. 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

    134. 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

    135. Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier – Ocean Park, CA (1911-1912) – a destructive fire burned down the pier as well as the amusement park in 1912  (see listing for Ocean Park Pier further down this list) link

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      Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier

    136. Frasier’s Frontier – El Cajon, CA (1993-1996) this place evolved from Marshal Scotty’s Playland (check out that listing further down the list)  

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      Frasier’s Frontier

    137. Fraser Pier / Pickering Pier – Santa Monica, CA – link
    138. Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art & Science – Fresno, CA (1984-2010) – link
    139. 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)

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      Frontier Relics Museum

    140. Frontier Town – near Helena, MT (1946-1999?) – link

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      Frontier Town  (Montana)

    141. 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 Wild West Theme Park

    142. Frontier Village – San Jose, CA (1961-1980) – An Old  Wild-West theme park that featured a large 30-gauge train, Lost Dutchman Mine Ride, Duster Turnpike car rides, Antique Auto car ride, burro pack rides, Indian Jim Canoes, Old 99 Train, Horse-drawn stagecoach rides, carousel, Ferris Wheel, Apache Whirlwind Rollercoaster, El Sito Mysterio (gravity mystery house),  Rainbow Falls (a Trout fishing pond), Indian Island, petting zoo, shooting gallery, old west style gunfights on Main Street, carnival type rides & much more   link#1 / link#2 / link#3 / Remembering Frontier Village Facebook link  / youtube video: Frontier Village Remembered / Frontier Village: The Last Day video / 1980 Evening Magazine TV episode ‘live’ from Frontier Village near the end of the park’s existence
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      Frontier Village (main entrance)

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      Frontier Village Stagecoach (Stage Lines)

      Frontier Village (Victorian Train Station)

    143. Fun City Family Entertainment / Fun Plex / Fat City / Mr. Biggs – Littleton, CO (1980’s-2016) featured mini golf, bowling alley, go-kart raceway, roller skating, laser tag & arcade – link#1 / link#2  ……………………….

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      Fun City Family Entertainment

    144. 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 (Seattle Center) (circa 1972)

    145. Fun Junction / Guyton’s Fun Junction – Grand Junction, CO (1954-2004) – info link
    146. Funland Amusement Park – Las Vegas, NV (1954-1955) formerly located at the corner of Boulder Hwy and Nellis Blvd in unincorporated Sunrise Manor (east of Las Vegas) near where Sam’s Town is today 
    147. Gay’s Lion Farm – El Monte, CA (1925-1942) – link / youtube link

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      Gay’s Lion Farm

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

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      Gayway Park (on the Pier) Carousel

    149. George Air Force Base – Victorville, CA (1941-1992)
    150. Gilmore Field –Los Angeles, CA (1939-1957) former home of the old Hollywood Stars Baseball Club from the Pacific Coast League (PCL)
    151. Gilmore Stadium – Los Angeles, CA (1934-1952)
    152. Gilroy Hot Springs / Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs – Gilroy, CA (1890-1980) link#1link#2 …………………….. gilroy-hot-springs
    153. 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 …………………………………
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      Goebel’s Lion Farm

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      Goebel’s Wild Animal Farm

    154. Golf-O-Rama / Steakburger – Hazel Dell (Vancouver), WA (1962-2014) link  steakburger-golf-o-rama-hazel-del-washington-sign2

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      Golf-O-Rama / Steakburger

    155. Golfland – South El Monte, CA
    156. Golfland / Wild West Waterslide – Stockton, CA (1970’s-1980’s) – miniature golf, waterslides, bumper boats, batting cages
    157. Goretorium (Eli Roth’s Goretorium) – Las Vegas, NV (2012-2013) The Goretorium was part haunted house &  part nightclub (bar)  link#1 / link#2

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      Eli Roth’s Goretorium

    158. Grand Canyon Red Butte Airport (Scenic Airways) – Tusayan, AZ  (near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon) (1927-1965) The home of the original Grand Canyon Airport – this is also the first commercial air tours over the nearby Grand Canyonlink / link#2 / link#3  ……………….

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      Original Grand Canyon Airport (Red Butte)

    159. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (original) – Hollywood, CA (1927-????) legendary Hollywood theater now known as Mann’s Chinese Theater – link

      Original Grauman’s Chinese Theater

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

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      Wet & Wild Waterslides – Bakersfield

    162. Griffith Park  Zoo  (Old Los Angeles 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)

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

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      Grouse Mouse Coaster

    164. Guinness Museum of World Records – San Francisco, CA (on Fisherman’s Wharf)
    165. Guinness Museum of World Records – Las Vegas, NV
    166. Hall of Health ‘Hands-On’ Health Museum – Berkeley, CA (1974-2009) – link / link#2 (newspaper article about it’s closing)

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      Hall of Health ‘Hands-On’ Health Museum

    167. Hamilton Air Force Base – Novato, CA (1929-1974)
    168. Hangman’s Tree Historic Spot – Placerville, CA

      Hangmans Tree Historic Spot Placerville, CA

      Hangman’s Tree Historic Spot

    169. 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   ………………………………….

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      Happyland  (Hastings Park)

    170. Harrah’s Automobile Museum (Original) – Sparks, NV
    171. 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
    172. 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)

    173. Hazard’s Pavilion (1887-1906) / Clune’s AuditoriumPhilharmonic Auditorium (closed 1985) – Los Angeles, CA – link                       
    174. Helen Moe Antique Doll Museum – Paso Robles, CA (1960s-2005) contained a 50 year collection of Antique dolls dating back to 1540 as well as authentic room settings depicting the early 1900’spdf book link / auction info link
    175. 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 Visitor Center

    176. Hill Country – San Martin, CA (1972-2006) antique auto & plane museum in addition to a country club golf course (evolved into Wings of History Museum) (check out listing for the Flying Lady Restaurant & Museum up above) – link
    177. Hi Jolly Date Gardens & Petting Zoo – Mesa, AZ (1950’s-1970’s??)

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      Hi-Jolly Date Gardens & Petting Zoo

    178. 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

    179. Holiday On Ice – Touring Ice Show Production at various arenas (1943-1970)
    180. Hollywood Erotic Museum – Hollywood, CA (closed in 2006)
    181. Hollywood Palace / Hollywood Playhouse – Hollywood, CA (1927-1978)
    182. 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 Lake Park)

    183. Houdini Museum – Las Vegas, NV (originally opened in 2000 inside the Venetian Resort Hotel, then moved to Ceasars Palace – now closed) link
    184. House of Poverty Museum – Moses Lake, WA (closed in 2006) – Link #1 / Link#2

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      House of Poverty Museum

    185. Howling Wolf Lodge & Wild Animal Sanctuary – Leggett, CA (1978-1984) featuring “retired” wild animals of TV and motion pictures fame (television commercials too) -See listing further down this list for ‘Pat Derby’s Wild Animals’ for more info – fantastic link

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      Howling Wolf Lodge & Wild Animal Sanctuary

    186. Ice Capades – Touring Ice Show Production at various arenas (1940-1995)
    187. Ice Follies – Touring Ice Show Producion at various arenas (1937-1979)
    188. 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
    189. Idora Park – Oakland, CA (1904-1929) – link#1/  link#2

      Idora Park

    190. 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)

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      Indian Forest / Walk Thru Indian Village

    191. Indian Village – (Eastlake Park/Lincoln Park) Los Angeles, CA – link
    192. Insect Lore USA Bugseum – Shafter, CA (2009-2014) Bakerfield Californian newspaper link about opening / Tehachapi newspaper link about closing

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      Insect Lore Bugseum (Museum)

    193. Italian Swiss Colony Winery / Historic Asti Winery – Asti, CA  (Alexander Valley) (1881-1989) This was the largest winery in California which also featured the biggest underground vat (wine storage tank). Wine making tours (as well as wine sampling in the Wine Cellar Tasting Room) were offered here for many years. At one time, this winery was the second most visited destination in California, next to Disneyland!   link#1 / link#2 / link#3 swiss-colony-winery
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      Italian Swiss Colony Winery

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      Italian Swiss Colony Winery (Tasting Cellar)

    194. J’s Amusement Park – Guerneville, CA (197?-2003) – link #1 / link #2

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      J’s Amusement Park

    195. 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)

    196. 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

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      Japanese Flower Gardens

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

      Japanese Village & Deer Park

    198. 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
    199. Jones Fantastic Museum – Lynnwood, WA (1959-1980) – eventually relocated to the Seattle Center in Seattle – linklink#2 / youtube museum tour (scroll further down to see listing called Museum of the Fantastic) ………………………………….. 

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      Jones Fantastic Museum

    200. 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
    201. Joy Zone – Seal Beach, CA (1916-1920?) – link

      Joy Zone – Seal Beach

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

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      Jungle Island (at Knott’s Berry Farm) (across Beach Blvd.)

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

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      Jungleland USA

    205. 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
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      Jungleland – Thousand Oaks

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      Jungleland USA

    206. Karts N’ Golf – Fremont, CA (closed in 2008)
    207. Kearney Bowl Speedway / Airport Speedway (original name) – Fresno, CA (1950’s-1970) across from the Chandler Airport in Southwest Fresnobrief info (pdf)
    208. 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

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

      Grampaw Mack’s Kiddieland

    211. Kiddie Land – Sacramento, CA (early 1940’s-1983) – formerly located inside William Land Park – evolved into Funderland – history link in PDF format
    212. 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)
    213. Kiddieland @ Encanto Park – Phoenix, AZ (1948-1986)kiddieland-encanto-park-phoenix

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      Kiddieland  (Encanto Park)

    214. Kiddie Land Amusement Park – San Bernardino, CA – formerly located inside of Perris Hill Park
    215. Kiddyland of Lake Arrowhead – Lake Arrowhead, CA (1950’s) link #1 (photos of attractions from worthpoint auction)  – link #2 (obituary of owner)
    216. Kingdom of Dancing Stallions – Buena Park, CA (1978-1983) sold in 1984 and converted into the Medieval Times Dinner Theater 
    217. 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

    218. Kiowa Frontier Funtown – Kiowa, MT (located just east of Glacier National Park)
    219. 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)

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      Lake Delores / Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark

    220. Lake Minnequa Amusement Park – Pueblo, CO (1902-1940) link

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      Lake Minnequa Amusement Park

    221. Lakeside Amusement Park – Tempe, AZ (1949-1950??)
    222. Lane Field – San Diego, CA (1936-1957) former home of the San Diego Padres Baseball Club of the old Pacific Coast League (PCL)
    223. Las Vegas Downs (greyhound dog race track) – Las Vegas, NV (1980-1986) pdf file newspaper link
    224. Las Vegas Park Speedway / Las Vegas Jockey Club – Las Vegas, NV (1953-1959) operated as both a horse and auto racing facility  link / newspaper link / link#3

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      Las Vegas Park

    225. Legend City – Tempe, AZ (1963-1983) – a western themed amusement park – link#1/  link#2 ……………………………
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      Legend City (main entrance)

      Legend City (Lost Dutchman Mine)

    226. Legion Ascot Speedway – El Sereno/Los Angeles, CA (1924-1936) – link
    227. Leschi Park – Seattle, WA (1889-1909?) – featured included a casino, amusement park, garden, boat rentals & zoo – link
    228. Liberace Museum – Las Vegas (Paradise), NV (1979-2010) – link / link#2

      Liberace Museum – Las Vegas, NV

    229. Lick’s Dome Pier – Ocean Beach, CA (1913-1924) – link#1 / link#2

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      Lick’s Dome Pier

    230. 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

    231. Lions Drag Strip – Wilmington (Los Angeles), CA (1955-1972) link
    232. Little Indy 500 Go-Karts (Race Track) – Milpitas, CA (1970’s-1980’s)
    233. Little Rascals Petting Zoo – Kelowna, BC, CANADA  link
    234. 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)
    235. Longacres Race Track (horse racing) – Renton, WA (1933-1992) – link

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      Longacres – Renton

    236. 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)

    237. 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)

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

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      Los Angeles Ostrich Farm

    239. Los Angeles County Raceway / Palmdale Dragstrip / Antelope Valley Raceway (NHRA Drag Racing) – Palmdale, CA (1980-2007) link
    240. Los Angeles Motordrome – Playa Del Rey, CA (1910-1913) link

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      Los Angeles Motordrome

    241. Lost Flea Market – San Jose, CA (1960’s-1980’s ??) A western-themed flea market formerly located on Monterey Road 
    242. Lost World / Enchanted Forest – Scotts Valley, CA (1963-1975) also see listing below under Tree Circusupdated newspaper link#1 / link#2 / Facebook page Link  

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      Lost World – Scotts Valley

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

      Louis Lee’s Oriental Rock Garden

    245. 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

    246. Luna Park – Los Angeles, CA (1911-1914) see Chutes Park listing link#1/link#2
    247. 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
    248. Luna Park – Seattle, WA (1907-1913) – link#1 /  link#2 / link#3 / link#4

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      Luna Park – Seattle

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

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      Magic Carpet Miniature Golf

    251. 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)

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

      Magic Mountain – Golden, CO

    253. 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
    254. Mahan’s Half Acre / Hula-Ville / Hulaville Forest – 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)

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

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      Malibu Grand Prix / Castle Golf & Games

    261. Malibu Grand Prix – Los Angeles County – (5 separate locations) were located in Northridge, Pasadena, Reseda, City of Industry & Redondo Beach – link
    262. Malibu Grand Prix – Orange County – (2 separate locations) were located in Anaheim & Fountain Valley
    263. Malibu Grand Prix – San Diego, CA
    264. 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

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

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      Manito Park Zoo

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

      Manzanita Speedway

    268. 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
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      Marine World – Redwood City

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

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

      Marineland of the Pacific

    270. 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)

    271. Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park (1967-1995)/ Frazier’s Frontier (1996-1998) – La Mesa/El Cajon/Lakeside, CA link – San Diego Union Tribune update on the re-opening as Canyon Raceway 11/2011

      Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park

      Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park

    272. Mather Air Force Base – Rancho Cordova, CA (1918-1993)
    273. 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

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      Mayan Adventure

    274. McClellan Air Force Base – North Highlands, CA (1935-2001)
    275. 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.

    276. Mercer Arena / Seattle Center Arena – Seattle, WA (1928-2003) – link
    277. Medieval Dungeon (at Fisherman’s Wharf) – San Francisco, CA (1989-1998) – link   (scroll down to almost the bottom of the page within the link)
    278. 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
    279. Mesa Marin Raceway – Bakersfield, CA (1977-2005) – link#1

      Mesa Marin Raceway – Bakersfield

    280. Meteor City Trading Post – Meteor City, AZ (1938-2012)

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      Meteor City Trading Post

    281. Meteor Crater Observatory & Museum – Meteor City, AZ (along old Route 66 near Winslow) (1946-1953) link / link#2

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      Meteor Crater Observatory

    282. 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-las-vegas

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      MGM Grand Adventures (Log Flume Ride)

    283. MGM Lion Habitat – Las Vegas, NV (1999-2012) Family of lions were displayed in a special glass enclosed habitat inside the MGM Grand Resort  Las Vegas Sun newspaper link / link#2
    284. Midway Drive-In & Swap Meet – Kent, WA (1940-2005) indoor & outdoor market with amusement rides & miniature golf next door 
    285. Midway Plaisance (Amusement Park) – Venice, CA (1906-1910) link

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      Midway Plaisance – Venice

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

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      Mile High Stadium

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

      Million Dollar Museum

    288. 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 building)

    289. 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

    290. 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)

    291. Mojave Phone Booth – (1960’s-2000) Mojave Desert, CA (in the middle of nowhere – near the 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)

    292. 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
    293. Morrison Planetarium @ Golden Gate Park (original) , San Francisco, CA (1952-??)
    294. Mott’s Miniatures & Doll House Shop – Buena Park, CA (1949-2009)link
    295. 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

    296. Mount St. Helens Miniature Erupting Volcano Fountain (Sculpture) – St. Helens, OR (2009-2010) link#1 / newspaper link

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      Mount St. Helens Miniature Erupting Volcano Fountain (Sculpture)

    297. 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

    298. 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)

    299. 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

    300. Museum of Conceptual Art – San Francisco, CA (1970-1984)
    301. Museum of the Fantastic Redmond/Sisters, OR (1980’s-1990’s) (originally named Jones Fantastic Museum – see listing above) – link
    302. Natatorium Park – Spokane, WA (1889-1968) one of the earliest parks in the Pacific Northwest which featured a ball park, The Plunge, Scenic Railway, canal boat ride, Shoot The Chutes, Circle Swings, The Whip, airplane ride, Jack Rabbit Roller Coaster, Carousel, Custer Speedway, Golden Spike Miniature Train ride and more Midway attractionslink / link#2 / Remember When youtube video documentary

      Natatorium Park – Spokane

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

      NBC Burbank Studio

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

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      Neptune Beach

    306. Neptune Beach Speedway  – Alameda, CA (1930’s-??)
    307. Never Never Land @ Point Defiance Park – Tacoma, WA (1964-2001) – young children’s storybook-themed kiddie parklink

      Never Never Land (Point Defiance Park)

    308. Newport Sports Museum – Newport Beach, CA (1995-2014) link

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      Newport Sports Museum

    309. North Shore Beach & Yacht Club – North Shore Beach (Salton Sea) CA (1960-1984) At one time, California’s largest marina, the complex marketed as the “The Glamour Capital of the Salton Sea” hosted boat races, parties, and other popular events  link#1 / link#2 / link#3 (flickr link with lots of pics) / link#4 Salton Sea history

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      North Shore Beach & Yacht Club

    310. 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

    311. Nye Beach Nautitorium – Newport, OR (1911-??) at one time included a bowling alley, miniature golf, movie theatre & a few other attractions  link
    312. Oak Grove Beach & Amusement Resort – Oak Grove, OR (near Milwaukee) (1917-1929) – link  (scroll down near bottom of page within the link) / history link

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      Oak Grove Beach Resort

    313. Oakland Indoor Midget Race Track – Oakland, CA (1949-196?)  the only one west of Chicago – built inside the converted Exhibition Building in downtown Oakland –  featured a small 1/12 mile oval track, and became the site of featured races by the Bay Cities Racing Association, with the debut event on January 8, 1949. 
    314. Oakland Speedway – San Leandro, CA (1931-19??) located underneath where Bayfair mall is located now  link
    315. 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

    316. 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)
    317. Oasis Water Works (Water Park) – Kennewick, WA (closed in 2003)
    318. 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

    319. Oceanside Beach Amusemment Park – Oceanside, CA (1940’s-1950’s)
    320. 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

    321. Old Faithful Museum of Thermal Activity – Yellowstone National Park (1929-1971) link#1 / link#2
    322. 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)

    323. Old MacDonald’s Farm – Mission Viejo, CA (1969-197?) link#1 / link#2

      Old MacDonald’s Farm – Mission Viejo

    324. 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

    325. 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

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      Old Vegas  (above 3 pics)

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

      Old West Wax Museum – Thermopolis

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

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      Ontario Motor Speedway

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

      Outrageous Waters – Clear Lake

    330. Pacific City (Amusement Park) – Coyote Point Beach (San Mateo, CA) (1922-1923)  “The Coney Island of the West”  This 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 …………………………………..
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      Pacific City – San Mateo

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      Pacific City – San Mateo

    331. Pacific Lumber Company (PALCO) Mill Tour & Logging Museum – Scotia, CA (1887-2008) formerly the world’s largest redwood lumber mill – offered free self-guided visitor tours though the entire process of taking a huge tree log floating from the water, stripping the bark off (debarking) with high pressure hoses, sending it inside to have it cut to size & to the end product of lumber boards, all automatic on conveyor while interacting with workers along the way SFgate newspaper article on the closure of PALCO link  / North Coast Journal newspaper link (full history)pacific-lumber-company-mill-scotia3

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      Pacific Lumber Company (Mill)

    332. 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  (entrance)

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      Pacific Ocean Park (Sea Serpent Roller Coaster)

    333. Pan-Pacific Auditorium – Los Angeles, CA (1935-1972) Located in the heart of the Fairfax District this was the premier location for indoor public events in the greater Los Angeles area for over 35 years. When opened in 1935 this was claimed to be “the largest of its kind in the West and one of the three largest in the nation.” link#1 / history link#2 / link#3 / link#4 ………………..

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      Pan-Pacific Auditorium

    334. Panama–Pacific International Exposition – San Francisco, CA (1915) The 1915 World’s Fair was held in the city by the bay from February 20 to December 4 to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but was widely seen as an opportunity to showcase it’s recovery from the devastating  1906 earthquake. Over 18 million people visited this fair which was spread out over 635 acres between the Presidio and Fort Mason along what is known now as the Marina District. The centerpiece was the Tower of Jewels, which rose to 435 feet and was covered with over 100,000 cut glass Novagems.    link#1 / link#2 / link#3 / link#4
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      1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition San Francisco World’s Fair

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      1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition San Francisco’s World’s Fair

    335. Paradise Island Amusement Park – Sacramento, CA (1990’s??) – located inside Cal Expo (California State Fairgrounds)
    336. 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

    337. Paramount Ranch Raceway – Agoura Hills, CA (1956-1957) link
    338. Pasadena Winter Garden (ice rink) – Pasadena, CA (1940-1966) link

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      Pasadena Winter Garden

    339. Pat Derby’s Famous Wild Animals / Howling Wolf Lodge & Wild Animal Sanctuary – Leggett, CA (1978-1984) featuring “retired” wild animals of TV and motion pictures fame (television commercials too) – check out the listings up above for ‘Andersen’s Animal Farm’, ‘Africa USA’, ‘Howling Wolf Lodge’ & ‘Jungleland USA’ (all places that Pat Derby was associated with in earlier days) –  background story link / LA Times article & memorial LINK about Pat Derby’s life / NY Times memorial LINK to Pat Derby’s life

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      Pat Derby’s Famous Wild Animals

    340. Pee Wee Mini Golf (at the Air Park) – Bakersfield , CA – known as ‘the Dinosaur Mini Golf’ on South Union 
    341. Petersen Rock Garden & Museum – Redmond, OR (1935-2016) A Central Oregon attraction that has been around for decades and features large sculptures of buildings made out of gems, glass and stone from the area. Over the years, acre by acre, obsidian, jasper, agates, thunder eggs, and petrified wood took form in sculptures. By the 1950s, castles, ponds, bridges, villages, and various designs of rocks covered four acres. The property became a tourist magnet, becoming one of Redmond’s best-known attractions.  link#1 / link#2 / link#3newspaper link about 2016 closing

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      Petersen Rock Garden

    342. 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

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

      Phoenix Trotting Park – Goodyear, AZ

    345. 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
    346. 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)

    347. Pier 3 Aquarium / Pier 54 Aquarium – Seattle, WA (1938-1945) link / link#2
    348. 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)

    349. 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

    350. Pioneer Cabin Tree (The Tunnel Tree) – Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA (1880’s-2017)  considered one of the most famous trees in the USA and drew thousands of visitors annually. It was estimated to have been more than 1,000 years old. It fell and shattered during a severe storm & flood on January 8, 2017 link / Calaveras Big Trees Association facebook link

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      Pioneer Cabin Tree (The Tunnel Tree)

    351. Pismo Playway Amusement Park– Pismo Beach, CA (1940’s-1950’s?)
    352. 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

    353. 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

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

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      Playland – Seattle

    358. 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

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

      Playland Pier & City Beach

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      Playland Pier & City Beach

    360. Polar Palace / Glacier Palace (ice rink) – Hollywood, CA (1928-1963)  link

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      Polar Palace (1963 fire)

    361. 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

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

      Ponderosa Ranch

    363. Portland Alien Museum – Portland, OR (2003) active website link / link
    364. Portland Ice Arena – Portland, OR (1914-195?)
    365. Portland Speedway – Portland, OR (1924-2001) link

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      Portland Speedway

    366. Possum Trot & Fantasy Doll Show – Yermo, CA (1953-1980) check out listing above for ‘Fantasy Doll Show (Birdcage Theatre) – link#1 / link#2 / link#3 (great Flickr pics)
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      Possum Trot

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      Possum Trot

    367. 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 (main gate)

    368. Prospector Hill – Auburn, CA (closed in the 1990’s) (miniature golf, batting cages, water shooter, arcade)
    369. Putt-Putt Fun Center / Boomers – Escondido, CA (1973-2006) mini golf, go-karts, bumper boats – link
    370. Putt-Putt Golf – Modesto, CA (1960-1995) – link
    371. Q-Zar Lazer Tag – multiple locations have closed (however the one in Concord is still operating)
    372. 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
    373. Rainforest Reptile Refuge – Surrey, BC, CANADA  (1986-2007)
    374. 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

    375. Riverside International Raceway – Riverside, CA (1957-1989) link

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      Riverside International Raceway (Goodyear Tower)

    376. 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

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

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      Royer Park Train “Little Lulu”

    381. 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)

    382. 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  ……………………………………………….
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      Sam’s Town Village

      Sam’s Town Arcade

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

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      San Jose Go Karts

    384. 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  …………………………………..

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      San Jose Speedway (tower)

    385. Santa Claus Acres / Santa’s Land / Santa Claus InnChristmas Tree Inn – Santa Claus, AZ (located on Hwy 93 North of Kingman) (1937-197?) – link#1 / link#2 / link#3(Christmas Tree Inn – 1951 postcard & brief history) 
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      Santa Claus, AZ  (long ago)

      Santa’s Land (more recent)

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      Christmas Tree Inn (courtesy of Charles Phoenix)

    386. 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

    387. 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) ……………………………………………

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      Santafair – Federal Way, WA

    388. Santa’s Village – Scotts Valley, CA (1957-1979) – link

      Santas Village Scotts Valley

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

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

      Santa’s Village – Skyforest/Lake Arrowhead, CA

    390. Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, CA (1924-1927) – link
    391. Santa Monica’s North Beach – Santa Monica, CA (1887-1905) – link
    392. Saratoga Springs Resort (Amusement Park) – Saratoga Springs/Lehi, UT (1884-????) –  link
    393. 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
    394. Saugus Speedway – Saugus, CA (Santa Clarita) (1939-1995) link 

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      Saugus Speedway (circa 1982)

    395. 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  (Central Oregon Coast)

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

      Sealand of The Pacific

    397. 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

    398. Seattle Center Coliseum (Washington State Pavilion) – Seattle, WA (1962-1994) – link
    399. 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

    400. Seattle Museum of the Mysteries / Northwest Museum of Legends & Lore – Seattle, WA (2004-2014) website link link / link#2Seattle Times link 
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      Seattle Museum of the Mysteries

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    401. 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

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

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      Shadow Cliffs Waterslides

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

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      Shell Mound Amusement Park

    404. Sheridan Deer Park – Sheridan, OR (1970’s – 1980’s??)
    405. Sheriff John’s Classic Cars & Dolls Museum / Sheriff John’s Classic Cars & Happy Days Malt Shop – Gold Beach, OR (2004-??) website linknewspaper link / link / Here is a beautiful panorama pic of the 50’s section of the museum sheriff-johns-classic-cars-dolls-museum-gold-beach-or

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      Sheriff John’s Classic Cars & Happy Days Malt Shop

    406. 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

    407. Shipwreck – Eureka, CA (1960’s – 1970’s??) old ship with a seal pond
    408. 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

    409. 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
    410. Silver State National Peace Officers Museum – Virginia City, NV (2009-2016) online museum / website silver-state-peace-officers-museum-virginia-city

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      Silver State Peace Officers Museum (above 2 pics)

    411. 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

    412. Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park / Las Vegas Zoo – Las Vegas, NV (closed 2013) archived website link / link#2 (lots of pics)

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      Southern Nevada Zoo  (Las Vegas Zoo)

    413. Speed Ring Indoor Kart Racing – Santa Clara, CA (closed 2006)
    414. 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
    415. 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   
    416. Spirit Mountain Ranch (Sacred White Buffalo Ranch) – 20 miles north of Flagstaff, AZ (2002-2008) featured a small family of rare white buffalo (bison)link#1 / link#2 (nice pics)/ link#3 / link#4  spirit-mountain-ranch-sacred-white-buffalo-flagstaff-sign

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      Spirit Mounain Ranch (Sacred White Buffalo Ranch)

    417. Splashdown (Milpitas Waterslides) – Milpitas, CA (1970’s – 1980’s?)
    418. Spokane Coliseum – Spokane, WA (1954-1995)
    419. 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

    420. 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

    421. 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

    422. 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
    423. 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 / link#4

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      Star Trek: The Experience

    424. Stardust International Raceway – Spring Valley, NV (Las Vegas) (1965-1970) link
    425. Starwood (nightclub) – West Hollywood, CA (1973-1981) link

    426. Steeplechase Park – San Francisco, CA (1899-1906) was located in Central Park at 8th and Market Streets in San Francisco – link
    427. 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

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

      Storyeum – Vancouver, BC

    429. 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
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      Streamland Park

       

    430. Stump House (World Famous Stump House) – Eureka, CA (1960’s-1990’s) link

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      Stump House

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

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      Sunland Amusement Park

    432. Sunny Cove Baths – Alameda, CA (early 1900’s-1950)
    433. Sunset Pier – Venice, CA (1921-1947) link
    434. Sutro Baths – San Francisco, CA (1896-1966)  link#1 / link#2 / link#3 / link#4
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      Sutro Baths – San Francisco

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      Sutro Baths – San Francisco

    435. 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 ……………….

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      Swing Auditorium

    436. Tacoma Ice Palace – Tacoma, WA  link
    437. Tacoma Speedway – Tacoma, WA (1914-1922) link

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      Tacoma Speedway (circa 1922)

    438. 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

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      Tahoe Amusement Park (circa 1960’s)

    439. Tanforan Racetrack – San Bruno, CA (1899-1964) link
    440. Teapot Dome Service Station – Zillah, WA (1922-1978?) history link
    441. Tebbett’s Oriental Theatre – Portland, OR (1927-1962) This theatre featured an authentic ‘Indian Temple’ atmosphere  It also boasted the largest neon theater sign in the world as well as the only theater in the Pacific Northwest to have a children’s ‘Circus Room’ – link#1 / link#2

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      Tibbett’s Oriental Theatre

    442. 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)

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

      The Chutes – San Francisco (Haight Street location)

    445. 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)

    446. 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

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

      Thrill-Ville USA – Turner, OR

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

      Thunderbeast Park – Chiloquin, OR

      Thunderbeast Park (courtesy of vintageroadside.com)

    449. Thunderbird Downs (horse racing) – Las Vegas, NV (1963-1966) located behind the Thunderbird Hotel  link ………….

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      Thunderbird Downs

    450. Thunder Ridge Water Park – Idaho Falls ID (1980s?) link
    451. Tivoli Gardens / Columbia Gardens – Anaheim, CA (1876-1921) early theme park was a miniature replica of the famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark – link
    452. Treasure Island Museum – Located On Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay (1976-1997) link ………………………………

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      Treasure Island Museum (original museum)

    453. 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

    454. Tropical Ice Gardens – Los Angeles, CA (Westwood District) (1938-1949) located adjacent to the UCLA campus  link
    455. Tropical Tees Miniature Golf – Fresno, CA
    456. Twin Arrows Trading Post / Canyon Padre Trading Post – Twin Arrows, AZ (1949-late 1998) – link#1 / link#2 / link#3 / link#4 / link#5 / link#6 – here’s a Flagstaff newspaper article link  from 2009 about the refurbishing of this site

      Twin Arrows Trading Post

    457. Two Guns (Fort Two Guns) – Northern Arizona – (30 miles east of Flagstaff along I-40 – formerly old Route 66) (approximately 1922-1971) – Originally known as Canyon Lodge – Now a Ghost Town that once consisted of a trading post, tavern, campground, motel,  zoo, reptile house & cavern (also featured another attraction called Mystery Cave, later as Apache Death Cave) [Note: This attraction had multiple lives (owners) over the years as well as a curse attached to it]link / link#2 / link#3 / link#4 / link#5 ……….

      Two Guns  (Northern Arizona)

    458. UFO Museum – Portland, OR –  active website link
    459. 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
    460. 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

    461. 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 ………………………….

      Undersea Gardens Crescent City, CA

      Undersea Gardens – Crescent City

    462. Undersea Gardens – Santa Barbara, CA (1950’s – 1969)

      Undersea Gardens – Santa Barbara

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

      Undersea Gardens – Seattle

    464. 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)

    465. 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
    466. Vaca Valley Raceway – Vacaville, CA (1958-1972)  link
    467. Valerie Jean Dates – Valerie, CA (Thermal) (1928-19??) a historic date orchard and onetime popular US Route 86 tourist stop between Indio  & the Salton Sea in the Coachella Valley  link / link#2  ………………….

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      Valerie Jean Dates

    468. Valley Fair Shopping Center “Kiddieland” (located on the rooftop of the Macy’s department store) – San Jose, CA (1956-1958) link
    469. Velveteria (The Museum of Velvet Paintings) – Portland, OR (2005-2010) ‘The World’s Only Velvet Art Museum’ – moved/relocated to Los Angeles in 2013  – link #1 / link #2 / website / new location link

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      Velveteria

    470. Venice Amusement Pier – Venice, CA (1921-1946) link

      Venice Amusement Pier

    471. Venice Of America / Venice Pier Pavillion / Venice Aquarium / Venice Plunge – Venice, CA (1905-1920)  link.…………………….. venice-pier
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      Venice of America

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      Venice Aquarium (circa 1908)

    472. Venice Miniature Railway  – Venice, CA  link

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      Venice Miniature Railway

    473. 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
    474. Wagon Wheel Kiddie Land – Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ (Thomas@42nd) (1948-1986) – forum link
    475. Walk In The Wild (Zoo) – Spokane Valley, WA (1972-1995) brochure link / YouTube TV video adverisement
    476. Water World (water theme park) – Bakersfield, CA (early 1980’s-1992) included bumper boatsPDF link (scroll down to page 39)
    477. 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  (inside Cal Expo)

    478. Wawona Drive-Thru Tree (located in Mariposa Grove) – Yosemite National Park, CA (1881-1969) a famous giant sequoia that stood in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, until February 1969. It had a height of 227 feet (69 m) and was 26 feet (7.9 m) in diameter at the base. The Wawona Tree fell in February 1969 under a heavy load of snow on its crown. The giant sequoia is estimated to have been 2,300 years old.  link

      Wawona Drive-Thru Tree (Mariposa Grove) Yosemite National Park

    479. Wawona Schooner 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 / Seattle PI newspaper link ……………………………………………..

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      Wawona Schooner Museum (Ship)

    480. 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  ………….

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      Wax Museum (Fisherman’s Wharf)

    481. Western Amusement – Idaho Falls, ID – featured a Carousel, miniature golf, petting zoo & ice skating rink
    482. Western Historic Radio Museum – Virginia City, NV (1994-2012) link#1 / link#2 / link#3 ………………………………

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      Western Historic Radio Museum

    483. Westgate Park (stadium) – Mission Valley/San Diego, CA (1958-1967)
    484. Wet-N-Wild Water Park – Las Vegas, NV (1985-2004) linkwet-n-wild-las-vegas

      Wet-N-Wild Water Park – Las Vegas

    485. White City Amusement Park – Denver (Lakeside), CO (opened 1908) eventually evolved into Lakeside Amusement Park in the 1930’sstill in operation today – link#1 / link#2 ……………………………

      White City Denver

      White City – Denver

    486. 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  (Lake Whatcom) Bellingham, WA

    487. White City / Madison Park – Seattle, WA (1908-1912) – link #1  /  link #2
    488. White Water Canyon Waterslides – Chula Vista, CA evolved into Knott’s Soak City
    489. 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

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

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      Wild Bill’s Wild West Dinner Extravaganza

    491. Wild Rivers Waterpark – Irvine, CA (1986-2011) – link – Orange County Register newspaper article about this water park’s recent closure LINK
    492. Wild Waters – Coeur d’Alene, ID (1982-2009) link#1 / link#2 / newspaper link  wild-waters-couer-d-alene
    493. Wild West Waterslides – Stockton, CA (see listing under Golfland/Stockton)
    494. Wild Wild Wet (Water Park) – Anaheim, CA (1970’s-1980’s?)
    495. Windsor Waterworks & Slides – Windsor, CA (early 1980-2004) – link#1Facebook link#2  – link#3 (property for sale disclosure)

      Windsor Waterworks & Slides

      Windsor Waterworks & Slides

    496. 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 Winterland closed on New Years Eve 1978/1979 with a concert by the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Blues Brothers. The show lasted for over eight hours, with the Grateful Dead’s performance — documented on DVD and CD as ‘The Closing of Winterland’  – lasting nearly six hours itself. Winterland was eventually torn down in 1985  –  link #1 / link #2

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      Bill Graham’s Winterland Sign  (Marque)

    497. 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 link / pdf link #2  (San Diego Tribune) …………………… 

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      Wonderland Amusement Park  (Ocean Beach)

    498. Wonderland Amusement Park / Foote Amusement Center– Billings, MT (1949-1961) – featured See ‘Em Alive Zoo, Western Trail’s Museum, Wonderland Speedway, Pioneer Playhouse, Carnival Midway, kiddie rides, miniature diesel train, pony rides and a trout pond – link / obituary & story of the Foote Family

      Wonderland amusement park, 1950s.

      Wonderland Amusement Park / Zoo / Western Trail Museum

    499. 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
    500. Woodland Deer Park – Cave Junction, OR (1970’s-1980’s?)
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      Woodland Deer Park

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      Woodland Deer Park

    501. 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
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      Woodward’s Gardens – San Francisco

      Woodward’s Gardens – San Francisco

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

      The Wooz  (sign post just off Hwy I-80)

      The Wooz  (ariel view)

    503. Working Wonders Children’s Museum – Bend, OR (closed 2009)
    504. World of Coca-Cola – Las Vegas, NV (1998-2000) Everything imaginable Coca-Cola featuring a large museum, tasting room of World flavors & mega gift shop – link #1  / link #2

      World of Coca-Cola – Las Vegas

    505. World of the Unexplained Museum / Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – San Francisco, CA (Fishermans Wharf) (1972-1985) – link
    506. World’s Wonder View Tower & Museum – Genoa, CO (1926-2013) 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#1link#2
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      Worlds Wonder View Tower & Museum

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      Worlds Wonder View Tower & Museum

    507. Yakima Meadows (Horse Racing) – Yakima, WA (1961-1998)
    508. Ye Olde UFO Store & Museum – Sedona, AZ – featured a UFO, an alien, and an Alien Recovery Team Van outside in front of the buildinglink
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      Ye Olde UFO Store & Museum

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      Ye Olde UFO Store Alien Recovery Team

    509. Yosemite ‘Firefall’ – Yosemite National Park, CA (1880’s-1968) – Link yosemite-fire-fall-collage-postcard

      Yosemite ‘Firefall’ (Glacier Point)

    510. Yuma Fun Factory – Yuma, AZ (2009-2010) – newspaper article link
    511. 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

    512. 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

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.

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