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Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

What Was Here Before?

 
 
What Was Here Before? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 14, 2018
1. What Was Here Before? Marker
Inscription.
Great Dunes Park is named for the historic Great Dunes Golf Course, designed by Walter Travis. Travis was considered the most successful amateur golfer in the United States during the 1900s and 1910s. The golf course was an 18-hole course placed among the dunes in this area for the Jekyll Island Club. The course opened for play in 1928. Great Dunes was the center of golf activities on the island from its opening until the close of the Jekyll Island Club in 1942.

Once the Club closed, there were no workers to keep the course maintained and nature quickly took over. By 1955, severe erosion and development on the island marked the demise of the back 9 holes of the Great Dunes Golf Course. The excavated dirt was used to build the island's causeway entrance road and other nearby road networks. This excavation cleared the area, making way for what is now Beachview Drive behind you.

To learn more about the history of Jekyll Island, visit the Jekyll Island Museum in the Historic District at 100 Stable Road.

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Peppermint Land Amusement Park

After the dunes were cleared and Beachview Drive was completed, a contract was signed to bring an amusement park to the island. Peppermint Land Amusement Park was opened in the late 1950s and operated for nearly 10 years along the
What Was Here Before? Marker (<i>wide view; overlooking the Village Green from Ocean View Trail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 14, 2018
2. What Was Here Before? Marker (wide view; overlooking the Village Green from Ocean View Trail)
beach in this location. The park showcased several rides, including a Ferris wheel, small roller coaster, and go-carts. Hurricane Dora came through the area in 1964 and destroyed most of the park rides including, the Ferris wheel. The park was closed by 1965.

Did you Know?
To discover a more detailed history of golf on the island, visit and play the historic 9 holes that are still intact from the Great Dunes Golf Course of 1928.
 
Erected by Jekyll Island Museum.
 
Location. 31° 2.818′ N, 81° 24.633′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ocean Way and Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on Ocean View Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Dunes: A Golf Tradition (approx. half a mile away); Jekyll Island Boat House Site, Shipshape for the Season (approx. ¾ mile away); The Boat House Site (approx. ¾ mile away); M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Infirmary / Furness Cottage
Sand Dunes (<i>view east from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 14, 2018
3. Sand Dunes (view east from marker)
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Old World Charm (approx. one mile away); All Work and No Play (approx. one mile away); Childhood in an Island Paradise (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. Great Dunes Course.
Famed course designer Walter “Old Man” Travis put his stamp on Jekyll Island when he constructed Great Dunes in 1926. Summoned to the Island by some of the nation’s most elite families during the Club Era, Travis created the best course money could buy and the first course on the Island. Jekyll Island became a testing ground for the future of golf. In 1924, the USGA tested new steel clubs in favor of original hickory shafts and ball size & density tests were conducted, all of which changed the game of golf forever. (Submitted on March 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Peppermint Land Amusement Park.
In the 1950s and 1960s Jekyll Island offered a host of colorful entertainment attractions. Perhaps the most zany was Peppermint Land Amusement Park. Proprietor Harvey Smith opened the park in an area overlooking the ocean at the south end of the Island. In August of 1962, baby loggerhead turtles swarmed the train tracks of the
Sand Dunes (<i>view east from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 14, 2018
4. Sand Dunes (view east from marker)
park and temporarily closed several of the rides. A ranger from the State Game and Fish Commission along with two state patrolmen carefully gathered the turtles and safely deposited them back on the beach. The turtles were attracted to the amusement park lights and upon hatching, and traveled toward the illumination. Peppermint Land Amusement Park closed in 1965. (Submitted on March 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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