Novi in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Worth the Drive
to Walled Lake Amusement Park
It was a destination for all of southeast Michigan
"The Picnic Wonderland," made possible by the automobile and the creation of major highways like Grand River Avenue. Interurban trains didn't travel to Walled Lake, so visitors came in automobiles from Detroit and elsewhere for Walled Lake Amusement Park's rides and roller coaster when it opened in 1929. In fact, many local youngsters were not allowed to visit the park because it was considered a place for "folks from the big city." The park also was popular for company picnics and events until it closed in the 1960s.
You Auto Know
Park owner Fred Pearce had built 27 roller-coasters at other locations around the country.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Novi Historical Commission.
Erected 2014 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43390 West Thirteen Mile Road, Novi MI 48377, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Built for Fun (within shouting distance of this marker); Walled Lake Casino (within shouting distance of this marker); Pavilion Shore Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sharing the Bounty (approx. 1.3 miles away); Walled Lake (approx. 1.4 miles away); Stonecrest (approx. 1˝ miles away); Novi's Crucial Crossing (approx. 2 miles away); Grand River Bridge (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Novi.
Also see . . . Fred W. Pearce. The Roller Coaster DataBase lists 10 roller coasters that Fred W. Pearce built. (Submitted on January 16, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on January 16, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.