The Brief and Brilliant Life of Boston's Million Dollar Amusement Park
Published by: Bright Leaf
The story of the park's creation and wild, but brief, success is full of larger-than-life characters who hoped to thrill attendees and rake in profits. Stephen R. Wilk describes the planning and history of the park, which featured early roller coasters, a scenic railway, a central lagoon in which a Shoot-the-Chutes boat plunged, an aerial swing, a funhouse, and more. Performances ran throughout the day, including a daring Fires and Flames show; a Wild West show; a children's theater; and numerous circus acts. While nothing remains of what was once called "Boston's Regal Home of Pleasure" and the park would close in 1910, this book resurrects Wonderland by transporting readers through its magical gates.
"This fascinating account of Revere's Wonderland Amusement Park in the early years of the twentieth century celebrates the industrial achievements of the era—mechanization and the electricity—that brought entertainment to the bourgeoning American middle class."—Maria Olia, author of Discovering Vintage Boston: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Bars, Restaurants & More
"Lively and engaging, the book offers a window into a bit of lost Boston history."—Boston Globe
"Lost Wonderland immerses you in life at the turn of the 20th century . . . mak[ing] the history really pop off the page rather than feeling like some distant memory."—WBUR