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MEMORY BANK: Broad Ripple Amusement Park had roller coaster, other rides

March 16, 2018

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Broad Ripple Amusement Park—on the site of what is now Broad Ripple Park—was the successor to White City Amusement Park, which opened May 26, 1906, but burned down just two years later. This 1925 photo shows three rides: Sea Planes, Junior Dodgem and the roller coaster. The park also included a bathing beach and carousel. The city bought the amusement park in 1945 and dismantled most of the rides (except for the carousel, which was later renovated and installed at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis) to create the existing park.

The photo is courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society and is part of the Bass Photo Co. Collection. More images are available at images.indianahistory.org.

Sources: Indiana Historical Society, The Polis Center, IBJ research

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