Wonderland Park, Lake Street and 31st Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1905-1911)

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|house_intro=At the turn of the 20th century, inter-urban parks like New York City's Coney Island were providing inexpensive entertainment for a growing urban population.  Wonderland Amusement Park, on Lake Street and 31st Avenue, was an inter-urban park that spanned almost 20 acres, 4 square blocks, and operated every summer from 1905 to 1911.  Visitors to Wonderland arrived via streetcar to see acrobats, tightrope walkers, dramatic re-enactments, and to take a spin on the park rides.
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One of the most unique features of the Park was the Infantorium which was successful at treating premature infants, free of charge.  For a small fee visitors could see the babies in their incubators- a marvel of modern science.
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After two cold and rainy summers that resulted in slow ticket sales, Wonderland closed in 1911.  The only evidence on the landscape that Wonderland ever existed is the Infantorium, which is now an apartment building on the southeast corner of 31st Avenue and 31st Street.
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Wonderland Park

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Year built: 1905
Year razed: 1911

Minneapolis Hennepin

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At the turn of the 20th century, inter-urban parks like New York City's Coney Island were providing inexpensive entertainment for a growing urban population. Wonderland Amusement Park, on Lake Street and 31st Avenue, was an inter-urban park that spanned almost 20 acres, 4 square blocks, and operated every summer from 1905 to 1911. Visitors to Wonderland arrived via streetcar to see acrobats, tightrope walkers, dramatic re-enactments, and to take a spin on the park rides.

One of the most unique features of the Park was the Infantorium which was successful at treating premature infants, free of charge. For a small fee visitors could see the babies in their incubators- a marvel of modern science.

After two cold and rainy summers that resulted in slow ticket sales, Wonderland closed in 1911. The only evidence on the landscape that Wonderland ever existed is the Infantorium, which is now an apartment building on the southeast corner of 31st Avenue and 31st Street.

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