Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

Expositions evolved into amusement parks

“The amusement park lies cold and stark, kids are huddled on the beach in the mist, “I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the streets tonight in an everlasting kiss.”- Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen.

In search of ponies: Critters offer children endless amusement

Sharna Johnson “Hello, do you sell feeder ants?” I asked the lady who answered at the pet store. “Put it back where you found it,” the voice on the other end of the line responded. “Excuse me? What do you mean?” “The horned toad. Take it back where you found it, you can’t keep it,” […]

Day trip: Joyland Amusement Park

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Joyland Amusement Park is located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. Joyland Amusement Park • Location: Located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. • What […]

Annual fair kicks off Monday

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Jared Tucker Expect to pay more to get into the Roosevelt County Fair this year, but less on amusement ride tickets if you go on the right day, according to fair personnel. Roosevelt County Fair Board Treasurer Darla Reed said the board was forced to increase gate admission by $1 this year, because fair attendance […]

Day trip: JoyLand offers evening of family fun

Place: JoyLand Amusement Park Location: Lubbock. Take U.S. 70/84 east to Lubbock. When you arrive in Lubbock at intersection of U.S. 84 and Avenue Q, turn left to Fourth/U.S. 82, which turns into Parkway Drive. Look for brown signs directing to amusement park. Travel time from base: About two hours. What is it? An amusement […]

Day trip: Amusement center offers fun for family

Place: Funtrackers Location: 101 Carrizozo Canyon Road in Ruidoso. Take U.S. 70 through Roswell, through Ruidoso Downs and turn right at Carrizozo Canyon Road. Funtrackers is about 187 miles from base. What is it? Funtrackers is a family amusement center. What can people do here? Funtrackers features three go-cart tracks. A family track, a pro […]