After Eighty Years, Kiddieland of Melrose Park closes to the public this weekend. A rift between two branches of one extended family tore beyond repair, resulting in the closing (one branch owns the park, while one owns the land the park is built on [and didn’t extend the park’s lease]). Many of the rides were well over fifty years old, and all of them in emmaculate condition. What a loss.
In memorium, Darkjive presents Chicago’s own Junior Wells with a 1972 version of “Messing With the Kid”. Goodbye Little Dipper! Goodbye Tilt-a whirl!
UPDATE: As of Memorial Day Weekend 2010, the original Little Dipper will make its home at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee (North of Chicago). Hurrah!