Maplewood in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fun Fair Park
— Saint Louis, MO —
Originally eyed for the 1904 World's Fair, the area just west of the Chain of Rocks Bridge became a lively amusement park. Attractions included a hand-carved 46-horse carousel, "The Swooper" an oval-shaped Ferris wheel and "The Comet" roller coaster.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 38° 36.808′ N, 90° 18.985′ W. Marker is in Maplewood, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Manchester Road (Missouri Route 100), on the right when traveling east. The sidewalk marker is located directly in front of Tapped (as of September 2019). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7278 Manchester Road, Saint Louis MO 63143, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Empire Supply (a few steps from this marker); Chain Of Rocks Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wedge (within shouting distance of this marker); Citizens National Bank Kalb Electric (about 400 feet away); Scheidt Hardware (about 500 feet away); Coral Court (about 500 feet away); 66 Park-In Theater (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maplewood.
More about this marker. This is part of the City of Maplewood's Route 66 Tribute and Memorial Plaques series, which pays tribute to even businesses that were not in Maplewood. This is one of the Memorial sidewalk plaques.
Regarding Fun Fair Park. The Fun Fair Park was mostly known as the Chain Of Rocks Fun Fair Park. It was located on the bluffs, overlooking the Mississippi River (not too far from the original Chain of Rocks Bridge). For several years, the park would host several school picnics. The Chain of Rocks Park would be one of the leading family destinations for decades. However, by the 1970's, things slowed down for the park as many factors would lead to its eventual demise. Some say it was slumping ticket sales, while others say it was competition with Six Flags Mid-America, which opened in Eureka, MO (outside St. Louis) in 1971.
Also see . . . Maplewood's Route 66 Memorial and Tribute Plaques. The City of Maplewood's webpage about the sidewalk plaques (Submitted on September 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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