Electric Park

East 46th Street & The Paseo
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Defunct, Operated from 5/19/1907 to 9/1/1925

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Categories:Trolley Park
Location:The Village Green Apartments were built on the former site of Electric Park.
Notes:In 1925 a fire destroyed much of the park.  Kansas City, Missouri native at the time, Walter Cronkite witnessed the fire and wrote in his 1996 autobiography "A Reporter's Life": "Our hill overlooked, a half dozen blocks away, Electric Park...One night after closing it burned in a spectacular fire. The Ferris wheel seemed to turn as the flames climbed up its sides. The grease caught fire on the two parallel tracks of the Greyhound Racer roller coaster, and twin blazes raced up and down with the speed of the cars that once toured the tumultuous circuit..."  This "Greyhound Racer" is thought to be referring to the "Ben Hur Roller Coaster".

There was a 'Norton Slide' at Electric Park in 1907.  From the description, this might have been a coaster, but it gets no mentions in subsequent years, and is not on a 1909 Sunburn map.  It is not clear if it was installed and removed, or if reports of its existence were somewhat exaggerated.
Owner / Operator:This was the second Electric Park built and operated by the Heim Brothers -- Joseph, Michael and Ferdinand Jr.  This new park was built on nearly 29 acres compared to the original park's 15 acres.
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