We chatted for just under an hour. He gave me a Lincoln Land Amusement Park Token. Jim and other siblings worked at the park over the years. "Open rain or shine."
The amusement park was open seven days a week between May 23rd and September 1st and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday's the rest of the year. The park was billed as the World's largest indoor amusement park with 100,000 square feet of entertainment.
"A land of thrills. A land of excitement. Lincoln Land offers entertainment the whole family will enjoy."
HISTORY BEFORE LINCOLN LAND AMUSEMENT PARK
The opening of 26 other stores led Mayhood to purchase an additional 50 acres. J.C.Penney and 14 other stores opened at the mall in 1977. During the mall’s peak years, Mayhood also operated an indoor amusement park at the Lincoln Land Building, which is now an office/retail center. Mayhood sold the mall to New York-based Elart Corporation in 1988.
HISTORY OF LINCOLN LAND AMUSEMENT PARK
There was a large stairway in the middle of the park. On the 2nd floor there was the Skate Land roller rink with a huge skating floor, the Country Club Miniature Golf Course with 18 holes and a game arcade.
Toddlers and young children could enjoy themselves in their own Kiddie Land which was a specially created playland giving kids the amusement park excitement they wanted and the safety parents demanded.
In the early 1980s, the building had 15 major rides. Lincoln Land is the main reason why there are thousands of parking spaces at Village Square Mall today, as the lot was packed nightly back in the 1970's and 80's.
Jim Mayhood told me the main reason that Lincoln Land Amusement Park closed was the drastic drop in guests and the increasing cost of operations.
Visit our Souvenir Shop on your way out.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.