Carousel, Monroe Park, Mobile, Alabama, circa 1905

Summary

Around 1905, entrepreneurs inspired by the success of Coney Island built amusement parks across the country. An enterprising Mobile, Alabama, railway manager opened Monroe Park at the end of a streetcar line, providing inexpensive weekend access for urban workers looking to spend both their new-found leisure time and disposable incomes. The bayside park featured a theater, zoo, baseball stadium, carousel, and other thrill rides.

Around 1905, entrepreneurs inspired by the success of Coney Island built amusement parks across the country. An enterprising Mobile, Alabama, railway manager opened Monroe Park at the end of a streetcar line, providing inexpensive weekend access for urban workers looking to spend both their new-found leisure time and disposable incomes. The bayside park featured a theater, zoo, baseball stadium, carousel, and other thrill rides.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1900-1915

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.DPC.039539

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7 in

Width: 9 in

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