Lincoln Park Dartmourth MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 41° 38.303 W 071° 02.686
19T E 329697 N 4611647
Quick Description: Picture of the roller coaster at Lincoln Park
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2008 4:15:57 AM
Waymark Code: WM55JA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1
Views: 44

Long Description:
Lincoln Park was a park opened in 1894 by the Union Street Railway Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts, located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts on the border of Westport, Massachusetts on U.S. Highway 6. It was originally built as a way to increase weekend ticket sales on its trains. Originally called "Midway Park" or "Westport Park," a new name was chosen by lottery, "Lincoln Park Casino".

In 1941, the facility was purchased by John Collins & Associates for $40,000 ($500,000 inflation adjusted). They invested $150,000 installing a fourteen lane bowling alley and updating an existing dance hall, and added a full complement of amusement park rides.

The park was successful until the mid-1980s, when larger theme parks started to become more popular. A fatal accident on the park's 1946 "Comet" wooden roller coaster in 1986 caused people to question the safety of the park.

Facing declining attendance, Jay Hoffman, the park's owner, invested $75,000 in updating the park. This plan included moving the park's 1921 carousel to Battleship Cove, and dismantling a smaller "kiddy" version of the "Comet" roller coaster. In a May 1987 story from the The Providence Journal, he is quoted as saying that the park had been fully inspected and was safe.

However, just four months later on September 29, the braking system on the roller coaster failed, causing one of the cars to jackknife. Although no one was injured, this was the final ride of the coaster.

The park closed December 3, 1987, owing $48,000 in taxes and $13,000 in unpaid police details. Almost all of the rides were dismantled and auctioned off. The park's Ferris wheel was moved to the New Bedford waterfront.

The jack-knifed car remained stuck on the roller coaster track well into the 1990s, until vandals tore it off.

The abandoned park suffered a string of fires after its closing, a total of six as of November 2005. The only remaining structures in the park are some badly damaged food buildings and the roller coaster, a significant portion of which collapsed in a snow storm in January 2005.

The 42 acre site is currently being considered for a 252-unit housing project.
Date Park Opened: 01/01/1894

Date Park Closed: 12/03/1987

Current Use or Function:
Be readied for condo construction

Is the park still there?: Yes

If not, what is in its place now?:
empty land per my friends in r.i.

Address: Not listed

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