Lincoln Park (Dartmouth, Massachusetts)

Lincoln Park (Dartmouth, Massachusetts)

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Lincoln Park (Dartmouth, Massachusetts)

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Lincoln Park was a park opened in 1894 by the Union Street Railway Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts, located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts on the border of Westport, Massachusetts on U.S. Highway 6.

History

Beginnings

Lincoln Park was originally built as a way to increase weekend ticket sales on its trains. Originally called "Midway Park" or "Westport Park," a new name was chosen by lottery, "Lincoln Park Casino".

In 1941, the facility was purchased by John Collins & Associates for $40,000 ($500,000 inflation adjusted). They invested $150,000 installing a fourteen lane bowling alley and updating an existing dance hall, and added a full complement of amusement park rides.

Decline

The park was successful until the mid-1980s, when larger theme parks started to become more popular. A fatal accident on the park's 1946 "Comet" wooden roller coaster in 1986 caused people to question the safety of the park.

Facing declining attendance, Jay Hoffman, the park's owner, invested $75,000 in updating the park. This plan included moving the park's 1921 carousel to Battleship Cove, and dismantling a smaller "kiddy" version of the "Comet" roller coaster. In a May 1987 story from the The Providence Journal, he is quoted as saying that the park had been fully inspected and was safe.

However, just four months later on September 29, the braking system on the roller coaster failed, causing one of the cars to jackknife....
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