Jones' Woods, America's first amusement resort, to Coney Island
during the golden age of the mid-1900s, and well beyond into the
twenty-first century, the thrills of the amusement park have been a
treasured part of childhood for Americans from coast to coast.
Though many of the country's grand amusement treasures have now
vanished, and many other parks are struggling for survival, their
memory and legacy are very much alive: there will be a fascination
with these American classics as long as the clatter of the old
coaster cars and the thumping of the carousel band organ remains.
Through thoroughly researched text and historic images, Amusement
Parks author and park enthusiast Jim Hillman captures the sights,
smells, and continuing vitality of a grand American tradition.
About the author
Jim Hillman is Director and Events
Coordinator of the National Amusement Park Historical Association.
He is the author of several books and articles related to amusement
parks. He studied business administration and sociology and has
taught at several colleges and universities, including Indiana State
University, Vincennes University and the University of Phoenix.