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Amusement & Theme Parks / Roadside Attractions


Carlin's Amusement Park | Dinosaur Land | Electric Park | Enchanted Forest 
Frontier Town | Glen Echo Park | Gwynn Oak Park | Jolly Roger | Kiddieland Park
King's Dominion | Luna Park | Marshall Hall | Old Virginia City | Riverview Park
Seaside Park | Storybook Land | Super Slide | Tolchester Beach | Trimpers Rides

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Carlins Amusement Park
Name:  Carlin's Amusement Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Features:  Rides, The Dips Roller Coaster, Ballroom, Park
Location:  Baltimore Maryland
Owner:  John J. Carlin, Sr.
Opened:  Early 1900's as a park
Status:  Closed mid-1950s
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Carlin's Park!
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Dinosaur Land
Name:  Dinosaur Land / The Rebel Korn'r
Spelling Varients:  Dinosaurland / The Rebel Corner / The Rebel Korner
Description:  Theme Park
Features:  35 Exhibits including Giant Fiberglass Dinasaurs and King Kong
Location:  On US 522, 340, & 277 between Winchester and Front Royal
Owner:  Joseph Geraci 
Opened:  Mid-'60s
Slogan:  A Prehistoric Garden Comes To Life From The Past
Admission:  $2-$2.50 in the early '80s
Souvenirs:  Bumper Stickers, Postcards, Miniature Cedar Safes, Belt Buckles
Status: Still Open
Local Images: Warrenton
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Dinosaur Land!
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Electric Park
Name:  Electric Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Features:  Carousel, Pavilion, Boat Rides 
Location:  Baltimore Maryland
Status:  Defunct
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Electric Park!
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Enchanted Forest
Name:  Enchanted Forest
Description:  Mother Goose / Fairy Tale Theme Park
Features:  Figures, Exhibits and Rides
Location:  Route 40, near Ellicott City, Maryland - 14 miles west of Baltimore
Owner:  Harrison Family
Opened:  1954
Closed:  1989
Slogan:  The Original Enchanted Forest
Souvenirs:  Postcards, Snow Globes, Plates, Pennants, Steins, Pitchers, Glasses, 
Old Woman's Shoe, Postcard Record, Salt and Pepper Shakers
Status: Defunct
Reason Closed:  Land Development
Similar Nearby Attractions: Storybook Land in Woodbridge, Virginia
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Enchanted Forest!
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Frontier Town
Name:  Frontier Town
Description:  Wild West Frontier Town
Features:  Stage Coach Rides, Train Rides, Can Can Shows, Indian Ceremonies, Bank Holdups
Location:  Ocean City, MD
Opened:  1959
Souvenirs:  Postcards, Pennants
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Old Virginia City in Fairfax, VA
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Frontier Town!
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Glen Echo Park
Name:  Glen Echo Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Features:  "Dodge 'em" Bumper Cars, Coaster Dips, Sand Lot, Skee-Ball, Sky Trolley, 
Crystal Pool, Aeroplane, Miniature Golf, Dancing
Location:  Glen Echo, MD
Owner:  Baker family (Rekab Inc.) last owner
Opened:  1899
Closed:  1968
Slogan:  "The playground of the Nation's Capital"
Admission:  free until 1961, then $1.25 minimum ticket purchase
Souvenirs:  Postcards, Pennants, Pinbacks (buttons), Decals, Snowdomes, Knives
Status: Re-Opened as Theatre / Performance Arts Park
Reason Closed:  Decline in Attendance
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Glen Echo Park!
Special Thanks to Richard Cook
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Gwynn Oak Park
Name:  Gwynn Oak Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Features:  Carousel, Roller Coaster, Dixie Ballroom 
Location:  Gwynn Oak Avenue at Gwynndale in Maryland
Closed:  1972
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Glen Echo Park!
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Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Name:  Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Location:  30th Street in Ocean City
Status:  Still Open
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Jolly Roger Amusement Park!
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Kiddieland Park
Name:  Kiddieland Park
Spelling Varients:  Kiddie Land Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Features:  Pony Rides, Merry-Go-Round, Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster
Location:  6837 New Hampshire Ave. - Takoma Park, MD
Opened:  June 18, 1960
Status:  Defunct
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Kiddieland Park!
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King's Dominion
Name:  King's Dominion
Description:  Amusement Park
Features:  Roller Coasters, Thrill Rides, Concerts
Location:  Doswell, VA
Owner:  Paramount
Opened:  1975
Status:  Still Open
Local Images: Fredericksburg
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember King's Dominion!
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Luna Park
Name:  Luna Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Features:  Lagoon, Ballroom, Circus Arena, Picnic Area
Location:  Glebe Road and Route 1 in Arlington
Owner:  Frederick Ingersoll 
Opened:  1906
Closed:  1915
Status: Defunct
Reason Closed:  Fire
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Arlington
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Luna Park!
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Marshall Hall Amusement Park
Name:  Marshall Hall Amusement Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Features:  Rides, Arcade, Ferris Wheel, Swiming Pool, Slot Machines
Location:  Indian Head, MD - Accessible by Wilson Line Ferry
Opened:  1885 
Closed:  1982
Slogan:  Washington D.C.'s Only Amusement Park
Status: Defunct
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Marshall Hall Amusement Park!
Special Thanks to Gary
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Old Virginia City
Name:  Old Virginia City / Virginia City Frontier Town / Old Virginia City Inc. Amusements
Description:  Wild West Frontier Town
Features:  Pick Temple's Real Steam Train Rides, Train Holdups and Bank Robberies, Indian Village, 
Gunfights, Vaudeville Acts, Half-Dozen Buildings Including a Bank, Saloon, Printers, and General Store
Location:  Route 29 in Fairfax, VA (Centreville District)
Owner:  Stanley Jeter / Pick Temple / Robert Sprinkle / Old Frontier Town, Inc.
Opened: May 1961-1963 and again briefly in the middle to late '60s
Closed: Multiple times - once in March of 1963 and later in the late '60s / early '70s.
Slogan:  It Sure Is A Pity If You Don't See OLD VIRGINIA CITY!
Slogan:  The West Comes Alive At Old Virginia City
Slogan:  The Wild West Comes To The East At Old Virginia City
Admission:  50 cents
Souvenirs:  Bumper Stickers, Postcards, Pennants
Status: Defunct
Reason Closed:  Once because of complaints by local residents about the noise from the train and gunfights.
Similar Nearby Attractions: Frontier Town in West Ocean City, Maryland
Local Images: Old Virginia City
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Old Virginia City!
Special Thanks to Steve Bittle
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Riverview Park
Name:  Riverview Park
Spelling Varients:  River View Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Location:  Baltimore Maryland
Status:  Defunct
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Riverview Park!
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Seaside Park
Name:  Seaside Park
Spelling Varients:  Sea Side Park
Description:  Amusement Park
Location:  Chesapeake Beach Maryland
Status:  Defunct
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Seaside Park!
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Storybook Land
Name:  Storybook Land
Spelling Varients:  Story Book Land
Description:  Mother Goose / Fairy Tale Theme Park
Features:  Over 100 Life-Size Figures, 2 Dozen Buildings, Pony Rides, Midget Racers
Location:  1723 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge, VA
Owner:  Delmer & Carolyn Tice, Gail and Henry Burda & Jane Touchet
Opened:  1959
Closed:  1981 (1979 was Burda's last season - they leased it for 2 more years after.)
Slogan:  The Magic Forest of Make-Believe
Admission:  $3 for Adults and $1.50 for Children
Souvenirs:  Brochures, Postcards, Slides, Whistles, Snow Domes, Matches, Ash Trays, 
Miniature Water Pitchers and Guns, Key Chains, Wooden Nickels, Bamboo Flutes
Status: Defunct - See Message Boards for info on Puppet Co.'s attempt to resurrect the park as 
Whimsey Woods.
Reason Closed:  Economic Slowdown, King's Dominion
Similar Nearby Attractions: Enchanted Forest near Ellicott City, Maryland 
Local Images: Story Book Land
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Storybook Land!
Special Thanks to Allan Stevens and Gail Burda
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Sky Slide at Virginia Beach
Name:  Super Slide
Description:  Giant Slide
Features:  Multi-Lane Slides Using Burlap Bags / Gunny Sacks Similar to Picture
Location: Commerce St. in West Springfield
Status: Defunct
Similar Nearby Attractions: Sky Slide at Virginia Beach
Local Images: Springfield
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember the Super Slide!
Special Thanks to Barbara Hoffman-Lynn
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Tolchester Beach
Name:  Tolchester Beach
Description:  Amusement Park
Location:  Kent County, Maryland
Opened:  1877
Status:  Closed in 1962
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Trimpers Rides!
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Trimpers Rides
Name:  Trimpers Rides
Description:  Amusement Park
Location:  South 1st Street & The Boardwalk in Ocean City
Opened:  1887
Status:  Still Open
Similar Nearby Attractions:  Glen Echo Park, Electric Park, Kiddieland Park, 
Marshall Hall Amusement Park, Luna Park
Local Images: Maryland
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember Trimpers Rides!
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Bowling Alley
Alexandria:  Alexandria Bowling Center - 514 Montgomery
Alexandria:  Duke Bowl America - Duke and South Pickett
Alexandria:  Ten Pin Coliseum - 6244 N. Kings Highway
Alexandria:  Shirley Bowl America - 6450 Edsal Road
Alexandria:  Penn-Daw Bowling Lanes - 6239 Shields Ave.
Alexandria:  Seminary Bowling Lanes - Shirley Highway and Seminary Road
Annandale:  Annandale Bowling Center - 4245 Harkhm
Arlington:  Colonial Village Bowling Alley - 1916 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington:  Pentagon Lanes
Arlington:  Ten Pin Coliseum - 6244 N. Kings Highway
Arlington:  Skor-Mor Lanes - 1423 Quincy
Fairfax:  Fairfax Bowl America - Fairfax Circle
Falls Church:  Falls Church Bowl America - 140 Maple
Falls Church:  Bailey's Cross Roads Fair Lanes Bowling Center - 5505 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church:  Falls Church Duckpin Lanes - 400 South Maple Avenue
Manassas:  Bailey's Cross Roads Fair Lanes Bowling Center - 5505 Leesburg Pike
McLean:  McLean Bowling Center - 1320 Chain Bridge Road
Woodbridge:  Manassas Bowl America - Manassas Shopping Center
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember these Lanes!
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Drive-In Theatre
Alexandria:  Mt. Vernon Drive-In Theatre - 3323/7940 Richmond Highway
Arlington:  Airport Drive-In - 2001 Jefferson Davis Highway near Washington National Airport
Fairfax:  Super 29 Drive-In - Lee Highway 
Falls Church:  Sunset Drive-In Theatre - 1325 Leesburg Pike
Fredricksburg:  Fredericksburg Drive-In Drive-In - Richmond Highway
Front Royal:  Front Royal Drive-In - 2 miles west of US 522
Front Royal:  Pitts Park - Route 66
Front Royal:  Twi-Lite Drive-In / Mustang Drive-In - US 522
Merrifield:  Arlington Blvd. Lee Highway Drive-In Theatre - 8223 Lee Highway
Manassas:  Manassas Drive-In Theatre - Centreville Road
Warrenton:  Warrenton Drive-In Theatre - US 15/29 
Woodbridge:  Sunset Drive-In Theatre - 1 1/2 Mile South of Marumsco Plaza on Sunset Drive
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember these Drive-In Theatres!
Special Thanks to Randall Kunkel
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Skating Rink
Alexandria:  Alexandria Roller Rink - 807 N St. Asph
Alexandria:  Franconia Roller Rink - 5508 Franconia Road
Alexandria:  Mt. Vernon Roller Skating Rink - 4042 Richmond Highway
Arlington:  Crystal City Ice Skating Rink - Crystal City Plaza Shopping Center
Arlington:  Four Mile Run Ice Skating Club - 4600 S. Four Mile Run Drive
Fairfax:  Fairfax Ice Arena - 3779 Pickett Road
Fairfax:  Crystal City Ice Skating Rink - Crystal City Plaza Shopping Center
Falls Church:  Tysons Ice Rink - 8604 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church:  Village House Ice Rink - 245 N. Washington
Washington:  Washington Coliseum - 3rd and M
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember these Rinks!
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Radio Stations
WAMU AM - American University
WAVA (All News) 780 AM - Arlington
WARL (1952) 780 AM - Arlington
WEAM (ABC) 1390 AM - Arlington
WBAL (NBC) 1090 AM/97.9 FM - Baltimore
WEEL (ABC) 1310 AM - Fairfax
WFAX 1220 AM - Falls Church
WFTR (MBS) 1450 AM - Front Royal
WFVA (ABC) 1230 AM - Fredericksburg
WGAY 1050 AM/99.5 FM - Silver Spring
WGTB FM - Georgetown University
WKCW 1420 AM - Warrenton
WLMD 90 AM
WMAL (ABC) 630 AM/107.3 FM - Washington DC
WPGC 1580 AM/95.5 FM -  Washington DC
WPIK (ABC) 730 AM - Alexandria
WPRW (MBS) 1460 AM - Manassas
WQMR 1050 AM - Silver Spring
WRC (NBC) 980 AM/93.9 FM - Washington DC
WRNC (1958) Washington DC
WTOP (CBS) 1500 AM / 96.3 FM - Washington DC
WUST (1958) Washington DC
WWDC AM/FM - Silver Spring
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember these Radio Stations!
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TV Stations
WBAL (NBC) Channel 11 - Baltimore
WDCA (UHF) Channel 20 - Bethesda
WETA (PBS) Channel 26 - Arlington
WJZ (ABC) Channel 13
WMAL (ABC) Channel 7 - Washington DC
WMAR (CBS) Channel 2
WRC (NBC)  Channel 4 - Washington DC
WTTG (IND) Channel 5 - Washington DC
WTOP (CBS) Channel 9 - Washington DC
Message Boards: Whoa!  I remember these TV Stations!
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