Sunday, July 2, 2023

Starlight (Amusement) Park, (1952-1960); Star-Lite (Amusement) Park, (1961-1966), East Moline, Illinois.

Starlight Park's first location was at 23rd Avenue and 41st Street, East Moline, from 1952-1959. Spot Mason, the owner of Mason Trailer Sales & Service, owned the Starlight (Amusement) Park.
This photo shows the first location of Starlight Park, which was located at 23rd Avenue and 41st Street in East Moline. The amusement park operated for 8 seasons, from 1952 thru 1959. The photo was taken from the top of the Ferris wheel.

Michael Fix bought Starlight Park in 1960 and changed the name to Star-Lite Park. The Grand Opening was held on Sunday, May 15, 1960, at a new location, 14th Street and Colona Road, in the Rock Island County Fairgrounds in East Moline.

Star-Lite Park opened the 1965 season in a new location, along Illinois Route 2 and Rt. 92, about two miles from Silvis. Michael could not agree on terms for a lease renewal with the Rock Island County Fairgrounds, so he relocated the amusement park. 
A Starlight Park Ticket Booth, 1958

The park featured a variety of carnival rides (quickly movable), for young children, including a 3-across Merry-Go-Round, A Ferris wheel, and a miniature 8-Inch Gauge train.
An 8-Inch Gauge Track

The smallest size trains that amusement parks could use for toddler passengers are those with a track gauge of  5 inches. However, most amusement park trains have a track gauge of 12  to 15 inches.

Star-Lite Park closed at the end of a slow 1966 season. Michael Fix sold what rides he could, with the remaining rides donated to the Rock Island County Historical Society.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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