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Waukesha Beach Amusement Park

 
 
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By Paul F, September 29, 2010
1. Waukesha Beach Amusement Park Marker
Inscription. On the 67 acres N & W of this marker was the former site of Waukesha Beach Amusement Park, which officially opened on June 25, 1895 with a swimming beach on Pewaukee Lake. It included the Palm Gardens ballroom, a hotel, 3 roller coasters, a fun house & many other amusement rides. Well known entertainers such as Ted Mack, the Andrews Sisters & Heine and His Grenadiers were featured at the park. In 1897, a baseball diamond was added where a Milwaukee team, managed by the legendary Connie Mack, played an exhibition game.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, tens of thousands visited the park from Milwaukee & Waukesha by way of the interurban (TMER&L) train, much of which now serves as the Waukesha County bike/hiking trail. By the late 1930s, financial problems and increased auto ownership led to the final abandonment of operations to the park on July 21, 1941. The interurban totally ceased operations on July 2, 1951.

After World War II, Waukesha Beach became less of an attraction & the entire park closed in 1949. Today, the original 20 acres used for the amusement park are known as “Beach Park”, a subdivision of homes.

Funded by Augie Revoy
 
Erected 2009 by Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum. (Marker Number 26-03.)
 
Location.
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By Paul F, September 29, 2010
2. Waukesha Beach Amusement Park Marker
43° 3.44′ N, 88° 18.422′ W. Marker is in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is on Oakton Road mile west of County Route SS, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pewaukee WI 53072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pewaukee Village (approx. 2.8 miles away); Clark House Museum (approx. 2.9 miles away); Moor Mud Baths Hotel (approx. 4 miles away); Lapham Peak (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Lapham Peak (approx. 4.7 miles away); Weber Brewery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Waukesha Engine Division (approx. 4.7 miles away); Dunbar Oak (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pewaukee.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. All relate to TMER&L (The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Co.)
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
Waukesha Beach Amusement Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, September 29, 2010
3. Waukesha Beach Amusement Park Marker
Land to the left is the northwest direction mentioned in the marker.
Dedication of the Waukesha Beach Amusement Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Hansen, 2009
4. Dedication of the Waukesha Beach Amusement Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,739 times since then and 102 times this year. Last updated on January 29, 2015, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on May 27, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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