St. Joseph in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Silver Beach Amusement Park
The park prospered through the 1950s, but faltered when attendance fell in the 1960s. A series of financial setbacks silenced Silver Beach in 1971. The Shadowland Ballroom closed soon after. The beach became a public park in 1990, continuing a long tradition of fun by the water.
(Left Photo Caption)
Postcards from the Silver Beach Amusement Park, circa 1909 (top) and 1920 (bottom).
Postcards: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
(Right Photo Caption)
The Comet rollercoaster dominates this late 1950s view of Silver Beach on a busy day. The Shadowland Ballroom, lower right, was the frequent site of big band concerts and dance contests.
Photo: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
Erected by City of St. Joseph, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and the Public History Program at Western Michigan University.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MI 49085, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eleven Inch Dahlgren (here, next to this marker); Lighthouses on the Bluff (a few steps from this marker); La Salle Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Life Saving Service (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lighthouses on the Pier (about 400 feet away); St. Joseph Maritime Heritage (about 400 feet away); Fort Miami (about 700 feet away); St. Joseph's Firemen (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Joseph.
More about this marker. The marker is the third of 12 interpretive signs along the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are the markers of the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail. To study the markers in their order along the trail, read each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . Silver Beach Amusement Park History. From the Southwest Michigan Business (Submitted on August 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.