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This Rare Footage Of A Massachusetts Amusement Park Will Have You Longing For The Good Old Days

This park will be well-remembered by those who grew up in the 1980s. It was a place of laughter, good times and more than a little mischief.

Lincoln Park originally opened in 1894, and was once known as “Midway Park” or “Westport Park.” It was actually owned and operated by the Union Street Railway Company, which intended the park to be a way of uniting Fall River and New Bedford.

The original park had picnic tables, a playground and space for cookouts. During the 1920s, the space became more of an amusement park. In the 1940s, several rollercoasters were constructed, welcome additions to the park’s bowling alley, dance hall and other amusement park rides.

Tragically, a fatal accident in 1986 led many to question the safety of the park’s aging rides. Though the park’s owner insisted that the place had been fully inspected and declared safe after the incident, another terrifying rollercoaster accident occurred just four months after the fatality. The park couldn’t continue operations, and it closed for good.

Many of the park’s rides were left standing until well into the 2000s. Most have now been destroyed by fire, vandalism or demolition crews.

However, most of us will only ever remember the golden days of Lincoln Park. This park must have hosted thousands of family outings, birthday parties and teenage dates over the years, and this footage from YouTube user “tiger5188” will summon old memories you didn’t even know you still had.

Take a look at the video below. It will whisk you right back to those sunny summer days of the past.

Sophia
Massachusetts native. Freelance writer and strawberry eater. Get in touch: smitrokostas@onlyinyourstate.com.