JimmyJohnsonsPlaylandPark[Book: Ed Gaida – 2007 – 22x29cm – 152 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. The property at the intersection of Broadway and Alamo Streets in San Antonio (Texas) stands vacant today. It was not always so. Between 1943 and 1980 the site was occupied by one of San Antonio’s best-remembered places of amusement, Playland Park. Like a giant magnet its “Forty Rides and Attractions” drew thousands of San Antonians and South Texans through its gates to savour the thrills, chills, and delights it had to offer. Step back in history and take one more ride on the giant wooden roller coaster (The Rocket, before it was moved to Knoebels and renamed Phoenix) or gallop upon a hand carved wooden carousel horse. It’s all here and forms yet another addition to Playland Park’s motto: “Just for Fun.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

  • Derek Sailors

    This is the kind of amusement park book that I enjoy the most. It is about only one park and it has no less than 50% photos. Ed Gaida does a great job of covering the business and personal life of the park’s founder and owner, Jimmy Johnson and his beloved park. Another great book that I recommend. I give this one 8.5/10.