We chatted for just under an hour. He gave me a Lincoln Land Amusement Park Token. Jim and his 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 Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for 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.
THE HISTORY OF LINCOLN LAND AMUSEMENT PARK
There was a large stairway in the middle of the park. On the 2nd floor were 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 1970s and '80s.
Jim Mayhood says the main reason that Lincoln Land Amusement Park closed was the drastic drop in guests and the increasing cost of operations.
Jim was kind enough to give me his permission to recreate the Lincoln Land Amusement Park logo and offer it on clothes and other items for sale. Proceeds of Lincoln Land Amusement Park items help to fund my Illinois History projects; at DrGale.com.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.