Wonderland Amusement Park

Only open for seven seasons, Wonderland Amusement Park brought thrills and sights from Coney Island to Minneapolis. With a roller coaster, fun house, shoot-the-chutes, miniature railroads for kids, a 120-foot lighted tower, and a display of premature babies in incubators, Wonderland drew crowds from all over Minnesota.

The Pippin roller coaster at Wildwood, 1927.

Wildwood Park, Wildwood

The Pippin roller coaster at Wildwood, 1927. Photograph by Norton and Peel.

An advertisement for a concert at Wildwood, c.1920.

Streetcar Sign

An advertisement for a concert at Wildwood, c.1920.

The Bathhouse at Wildwood, c.1915.

Bathhouse at Wildwood, White Bear Lake

The Bathhouse at Wildwood, c.1915.

Streetcar station, Wildwood Amusement Park, c.1915.

Interurban streetcar station (White Bear Lake), Wildwood

Streetcar station, Wildwood Amusement Park, c.1915.

Wildwood Dance Pavilion, c.1912.

Wildwood Park Pavilion on White Bear Lake, Wildwood

Wildwood Dance Pavilion, c.1912.

Family at Wildwood Park, c.1899.

View at Wildwood

Family at Wildwood Park, c.1899.

Bathing at Wildwood, c.1910.

Bathing at Wildwood

Bathing at Wildwood, c.1910.

Wildwood Amusement Park

On the shores of White Bear Lake, Wildwood Amusement Park offered a dance pavilion, swimming, fishing, boating, picnic areas, amusement park rides, and carnival games. For only the cost of the streetcar fare, Twin Cities' residents could spend summer days at this park owned and operated by the Twin Cities Rapid Transit Corporation.

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