Melrose Park, Illinois
During the height of the Great Depression, Arthur Fritz purchased six ponies in 1929 and offered rides to provide families with a little entertainment. In the 1930s, he tried to trademark the Kiddieland name, but his request was denied. Several generations of the Fritz family ran the expanding park as many rides and attractions geared for children were added. Arthur passed away in 1967, but his grandchildren and great-grandchildren owned and operated the park until it closed permanently in October 2009. Little Dipper was purchased the nearby Six Flags Great America.
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