LIBERTYLAND.

[Book: John R. Stevenson V. – 2017 – 16x24cm – 98 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. “Nestled in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, the Libertyland theme park debuted on America’s bicentennial: July 4, 1976. The quaint park celebrated America’s history, heritage, and culture. Not only was it home to Elvis Presley’s favourite roller coaster [the Zippin Pippin], Libertyland also offered guests rides on the historic Grand Carousel, exciting shows, gift shops selling handcrafted souvenirs, delicious food, and much more. The park’s themed areas – Colonial Land, Frontier Land, and Turn-of-the-Century Land – paid tribute to some of the country’s most historically significant eras. From its opening in 1976 until its closure in late 2005, Libertyland was a first roller coaster ride, a first date, a family reunion, a summer job, or simply a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the real world… Libertyland is a chronological look at the theme park’s life, from blueprints to its razing and beyond. Photographs were gathered from former park employees, guests, historians, Memphis-area libraries, and the Shelby County Archives… This book is not only a tribute to Libertyland’s legacy, but also a history lesson for generations of Memphians to come.” Chapter Points: Foreword (by Jimmy Ogle, Shelby County historian); Acknowledgments; Introduction; Fairgrounds Amusement Park – 1900-1970; A Miniature Theme Park – 1971-1975; A Bicentennial Debut – 1976-1980; A Roller Coaster Ride – 1981-1995; End of the Ride – 1996-2005; Selling, Saving, and Razing – 2006-2010; Where Are They Now? – 2011-Present. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.