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Victorian Era Amusement Parks in America

An amusement park is a term used for a group of rides and other entertainment attractions which are put together for the purpose of entertaining a large group of people. It’s a more elaborate version of simple parks or playgrounds. Theme Park is a common synonym used for the word amusement park. Mostly the amusement parks have fixed places as compared to the fairs and carnivals.

Victorian Era Amusement Parks

It was in the 19th century that the electronic lines were developed in the America. This was responsible for the establishment of many amusement parks that had trolley lines in America.

Some of the amusement parks got developed in the resort locations, like bathing resorts in New York and New Jersey. Many other parks during the Victorian era were established near the rivers and other water bodies so as to provide for water sports in the amusement parks.

By 1900, there were more than hundred amusement parks in America. The Victorian era saw the development in a roller coaster. They were so developed that it encouraged extreme drops and speeds to thrill the riders. The first roller coaster built was Switchback Railway in 1884. These parks were so built that they were comfortable for both the upper class and the working class.

In 1895 the first permanent amusement park was opened in North America named Sea Lion Park at Coney Island in Brooklyn. This was the first park to put tickets for rides within the parks and also changed the admission in parks. In 1897, Steeplechase Park also joined the Sea Lion Park.

Because of the nearby populated New York City and the ease of the access to the area made Coney Island the embodiment of the American amusement parks. Coney Island became so popular that on Sundays it was visited by more than million people from all over the country.

During those days, the fire was the main threat as most of these amusement parks were made mostly of wood. The first amusement park of the Coney Island that burnt down completely was Dreamland. In 1944, Luna Park also got burnt.

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