Friday, January 13, 2017

Electric (Amusement) Park in Plainfield, Illinois. (1903-1923)

In the late 1890s, the Joliet, Plainfield & Aurora interurban Railway opened an electric line connecting those three communities. In 1903, Joliet, Plainfield & Aurora opened an amusement park, "Electric Park", to the public to primarily promote travel on the fledgling Railway. Electric Park quickly became a popular vacation spot.
Lavish gardens flanking the banks of the DuPage River, as well as athletic grounds, a bandstand, a dance pavilion, a 5,000-seat auditorium featuring a large pipe organ, restaurants, a waterslide, bowling alley and passenger paddle boats.
The resort attracted vacationers who relaxed in cabins featuring electric, gas, and water service. But the railroad succumbed to financial difficulties in 1923, a victim of the automobile, and Electric Park did not open for the 1924 season.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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