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Whalom Park
Whalom Park circa 1915
Location Lunenburg, Massachusetts, United States United States
Coordinates Coordinates: 42°34′32.02″N 71°44′47.64″W / 42.5755611°N 71.7465667°W / 42.5755611; -71.7465667
Opened 1893
Closed 2000
Rides 25 total
  • 1 roller coasters
  • 1 water rides
Slogan For a Whale of a Time!"

Whalom Park was an amusement park located on Lake Whalom in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, that operated from 1893 to 2000.

Whalom Park was established in 1893 by the Fitchburg & Leominster Street Railway as a traditional, English-style park of gardens and walking paths.[1] At the time of its last day of operations in 2000, Whalom was known as the 13th oldest amusement park in the United States,[2] as well as the second-oldest trolley park in the world. The park had been in continuous seasonal operation for 107 years.[3]

The "Flyer Comet" wooden roller coaster was one of the park's best-known rides. Most remaining structures at the park, including the Flyer Comet, were demolished in October 2006, to make way for development.

Out of many smaller initiatives to reopen the park a program called "The New Whalom Park Ownership Program, LLC" was launched by a local resident in December 2006 to rebuild or build a new version of Whalom Park.

Contents

TV advertisement jingle

If you're looking for something exciting to do,
Then Whalom Park is the place for you!
With lots of rides and loads of fun,
Whalom Park's for ev-ery-one!
For fun and excitement,
A place to unwind,
Whalom Paaaark...for a whale of a time!
Whalom Park, you'll have a good time

Rides and attractions

Name MFG Year Added Year Removed Notes
Carousel
Looff[4]
1914[1]
2000[5]
Featured 2 Looff Sea Dragons,[4][5] Broken up at auction April 15, 2000[5]
Ferris wheel
Eli Bridge
2000
Flyer Comet
Philadelphia Toboggan Company
1940[1][4][6]
2006[1]
Flying Scooters
2000
The Looper[4]
Allan Herschell
2000
AKA: The Hampster Cages[4], Bought and restored by Kenobles
Octopus
Parts of this ride were still sitting in back of the mantanice shop when the park closed in 2000
Paratrooper
2000
Roto-Jets
2000
Satellite Jets
2000
Originally located at Palisades Park in NJ.[4]
Scrambler
1968[6]
2000
Sea Dragon
Chance-Morgan
2000
Tilt-a-whirl
Sellner Manufacturing
2000
Tumble Bug
Traver Engineering
2000
Sold To Edaville Railroad but never assembled
Turnpike
Streco
1990
Replaced in the early 1990s by two Honda go-karts due to maintenance issuse, Honda go-karts were in the park until the park closed in 2000.
The Whip
W.F. Mangels
2000
Yo-Yo
Chance-Morgan
2000
Skating Rink
1906[6]
2006[1]
Arcade
2000
Funhouse
2006[1]
Included a Barrle of Fun/Barrle of Laughs[4], Demolished in 2006
Ball Room
1933 [7]
2002 [3][8]
Destroyed by arson, March 2, 2002.[3][8]
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Appearances in pop culture

The music video for the song "Touch and Go" by The Cars was shot at Whalom Park[9]

See also

List of amusement parks in New England
List of defunct amusement parks
Amusement ride

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Coasting to a stop at Whalom Park", The Boston Globe (Boston, MA), October 19, 2006, Jenna Russell
  2. ^ ,"Once a Carny", The Metropolis Observed, June, 2002, Michele Herman
  3. ^ a b c "Fire destroys Whalom ballroom", Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA), March 21, 2002, Benjamin Cole
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Great Old Amusement Parks", WQED (Pittsburgh, PA), 1999, ISBN 0-7806-2736-9
  5. ^ a b c "Minerva - A Sea Dragon", The Carousel News & Trader, November 2004, Edna Caskey Wieier
  6. ^ a b c "It Was a Whale of a Time", Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA), 2001, Shari Duffy
  7. ^ "People Rally for Whalom Park", Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA), March 10, 2002, Bob Green
  8. ^ a b "Police: Teens set fire at Whalom Park", Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA), March 2002, Benjamin Cole
  9. ^ Sanders, Ron (2006-10-17). "Locals Reflect On Soon-To-Be Demolished Park". WBZTV. http://wbztv.com/topstories/Whalom.Park.Lunenburg.2.582351.html. Retrieved 2008-01-21.  

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