Stephen R. Wilk’s Lost Wonderland
from University of Massachusetts Press
If you want to know about how Wonderland came to be, what the attractions in it were and how they changed from year to year, and especially about the lives of the park creators and performers, by all means read the book. This website contains supplemental material — mostly photographs that couldn’t be put in the book, many of them in color
Wonderland Park was an amusement park that opened in Revere, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, and not far from Revere Beach. It featured state-of-the-art attractions, rides, and performances.
It opened on Memorial Day in 1906 and closed in September of 1910, and it presented an ever-changing roster of attractions. Today the region is still called by the name “Wonderland”, and the Wonderland stop on Boston’s Blue Line is literally across the street from where Wonderland Park once stood. Today the Wonderland Marketplace Mall and its parking lot occupy most of Wonderland Park’s Grounds.
Click on the links below to see more of Wonderland
Wonderland Conceptual Paintings
Wonderland Permanent Attractions
Fighting the Flames and Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show
The Velvet Coaster, the Whirl the Whirl, and the Circle Swing
William H. Kennedy’s Wild West Show, The Miniature Railroad, the Skating Rink, and the Captive Balloon
The Gillette Dog and Monkey Circus, The South Before the War, Willard’s Temple of Music, Paradise — The Show Beautiful, and other shows
The Fatal Wedding, Under the Sea, and Pilgrim’s Progress
The Foolish House, The Third Degree, and The House that Jack Built
Trixie — the Equine Wonder, Battle Abbey, and The Human Laundry
The Beautiful Orient, Florida Alligator Jungle, Darktown, and the Wonder Wander
Hale’s Tours, The Rocky Mountain Holdup, The World in Motion, and Humanovo
Highlights of 1906 — Mr. Thompson’s Wild Ride and the Ryan Scintillator
Details — The Penny Arcade, the Photographer, Prince Tiny Mite, and other small things
Musical Shows — Marching Bands, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella and the Golden Slipper
Special Performers — Lincoln Beachey the Aeronaut, Annette Kellermann the Australian Mermaid, Chiquita the Doll Lady, James Hardy the Tightrope Walker, Matthew Henson, the Polar Explorer, and others
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