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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Photographs ➔ Photograph, Boarding The Tram On Kiddie's Day At Ramona Park

Identifier:
2013.1.78
Description:
This is a black and white photograph of a crowd in front of the Dancing Pavilion at Ramona Park on Reeds Lake located in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the center of the photograph, children and their parents board a tram. To the right, a Red Cross flag hangs above the crowd and a sign below reads "First Aid....Service." The Dancing Pavilion is in the background on the left. The following is written on the back of the photograph: "Kiddies Day 8/14/30."

Ramona Park was an amusement park located on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, MI from 1897-1955. Thousands of families visited each year until the 1950s, when cars became more available, and people began vacationing elsewhere. It was owned and operated by the Grand Rapids Street Railway Company and featured attractions such as the Jack Rabbit Derby Racer roller coaster, merry-go-round, fun house, mystic chutes, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, aeroswings and a miniature locomotive. The park also included the Ramona Theatre Pavilion and the Ramona Gardens Dancing Pavilion, each which hosted popular plays, musicals, big bands, Vaudevillian and burlesque acts, silent films, talkies, and favorite local and national entertainers.
Date:
1930
Materials:
Paper
Dimensions:
3.5" h 6" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Collection
Maker/Donor
Ramona Park
Ramona Park was an amusement park located on the western shore of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1903-1954. Thousands of families visited each year until the 1950s, when gasoline for cars became more available, and people began vacationing elsewhere. The park was owned and operated originally by the Grand Rapids Street Railway Company, and also after it became the Grand Rapids Motor Coach Company. It featured attractions such as the Jack Rabbit Derby Racer roller coaster, merry-go-round, fun house, mystic chutes, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, rocket swings and a miniature train. The park also included the Ramona Theatre which hosted vaudeville shows, musicals, silent film shorts, and favorite local and national entertainers. Ramona Gardens was initially a dance hall which, in the late 1930s, hosted the best of the big bands, and in 1942, became a roller skating rink. 
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