EXCELSIOR AMUSEMENT PARK: PLAYLAND OF THE TWIN CITIES.

[Book: Greg Van Gompel – 2017 – 15x23cm – 132 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Minneapolis roared into the 1920s as a major metropolis, but it lacked the kind of outdoor amusement facilities common elsewhere across the country. In 1925, Fred W. Pearce introduced the Twin Cities to his “Picnic Wonderland.” Crowds eagerly poured onto the shores of Lake Minnetonka by the trolley load. Luckily, Excelsior Park survived the Great Depression and World War II on the strength of its celebrity acts. Changes in the forms of transportation, combined with innovations in the outdoor entertainment industry such as Disneyland and an ageing infrastructure, eventually forced the park to close its gates [in 1973]. Chapter Points: Foreword (by Kate Pierce); Playground of the Twin Cities; The Life of Excelsior Park’s Founder; Management Throughout and After the Great Depression; Making It through the War; Kiddielands and Disneyland Affects the Park; Big Reggie’s Dancelend; From the 1960s to the Grand Finale; What Happened with the Park Property and the Rides After the Park Closed? ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.