Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

Expositions evolved into amusement parks

“The amusement park lies cold and stark, kids are huddled on the beach in the mist, “I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the streets tonight in an everlasting kiss.”- Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen.

In search of ponies: Critters offer children endless amusement

Sharna Johnson “Hello, do you sell feeder ants?” I asked the lady who answered at the pet store. “Put it back where you found it,” the voice on the other end of the line responded. “Excuse me? What do you mean?” “The horned toad. Take it back where you found it, you can’t keep it,” […]

Day trip: Joyland Amusement Park

Joyland Amusement Park is located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. Joyland Amusement Park • Location: Located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. • What […]

Day trip: JoyLand offers evening of family fun

Place: JoyLand Amusement Park Location: Lubbock. Take U.S. 70/84 east to Lubbock. When you arrive in Lubbock at intersection of U.S. 84 and Avenue Q, turn left to Fourth/U.S. 82, which turns into Parkway Drive. Look for brown signs directing to amusement park. Travel time from base: About two hours. What is it? An amusement […]

Day trip: Amusement center offers fun for family

Place: Funtrackers Location: 101 Carrizozo Canyon Road in Ruidoso. Take U.S. 70 through Roswell, through Ruidoso Downs and turn right at Carrizozo Canyon Road. Funtrackers is about 187 miles from base. What is it? Funtrackers is a family amusement center. What can people do here? Funtrackers features three go-cart tracks. A family track, a pro […]

Ride safety top priority

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Riders get spun around in the “Freak Out” amusement ride during the Curry County Fair By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sandra Martin watched, wide-eyed, as her wards from the New Visions group home were picked up 70 feet in the air, swung back and forth, and spun like a […]

5/27 BRAC letters to the editor

Clovis’ future economically sound I worked 38 years at Cannon Air Force Base, first as the Coca Cola man and later as a civil servant. I retired in 2002 as deputy chief of civil engineer operations. I saw Cannon transform from a base of vintage buildings to the modern, highly sophisticated base it is today. […]