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date: 15 June 2024

Amusement Parks and Theme Parks. 

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Don B. WilmethDon B. Wilmeth

Elements of the American amusement and theme park go back to antiquity. More direct antecedents include various European traditions, ranging from medieval fairs and carnivals to seventeenth-century pleasure gardens such as London's Vauxhall, Ranelagh, and Cremorne. These gardens featured pyrotechnics, games, live entertainment, promenading and dancing, and even primitive versions of amusement rides. Prior to the American Revolution, several modest versions of such gardens opened on the East Coast.... ...

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