Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Fun Valley Amusement Park, Springfield, Illinois. (1922-1959)

Fun Valley Amusement Park opened in 1922 in Springfield, Illinois.

The park was located at 2900 East Clear Lake Avenue (Rt 97), Springfield, at the intersection of South Dirksen Parkway. It featured a Ferris wheel, a miniature train, a teacup-style ride, pony rides, and other kiddie-type carnival rides. The park was popular with families and children. It was a popular destination for Day Camp field trips.
This photo is a visual aid.

The park closed in 1959 when City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) opened a dam on June 1, 1959, on the Sangamon River. The dam, 125 feet high and 1,200 feet long, flooded about 1,200 acres, and Fun Valley was submerged, destroying the park's rides and buildings. 

The park never recovered.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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