When I was a child I lived in St. Joseph, Michigan. At that time Silver Beach Amusement Park was a big attraction to the area. Built in 1891, it remained open until 1971. I was nine years old when the doors closed and I still have some vivid memories of the park. It held an amazing ferris wheel, the mystical (to me) Shadowland Ballroom and various attractions. I was not allowed to go on most of the rides because they were very old at the time and there was some concern about safety.
Recently the famous carousel has been returned to Silver Beach. It is an exact replica of the one that once graced the park. I have seen it once in the building process. Quite an achievement for the city and one that means a lot to many people.
When I think about Silver Beach I remember cotton candy, ice-cream, and how I always wanted a balloon. I recall those creepy attractions like the fortune teller, the fun house with the weird mirrors as well as the sound of the wooden rides creaking. I still recall the smells; tobacco, popcorn, hot dogs and ruffle cut french fries.
I remember thinking that it was a scary place at night with all the crazy lights and the sound of the water hitting the shoreline.
But, oh, how I wish I could be there one more time. To really look at it again and to ride all those rides. It is something, I'm sure, I will never quite experience again.
Have a fun Saturday!