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        Coney Island: The Ups and Downs of America's First Amusement Park - Gallery

        Coney Island is a 20th-century icon of American fun, and the birthplace of the large-scale amusement park. George Tilyou's grinning "funny face" logo for Steeplechase Park, the giant tower at Dreamland, and Luna Park's 1.3 million electric lights drew crowds of fun-seekers for decades. Visitors strolled the boardwalk, splashed in the Atlantic Ocean, rode the Wonder Wheel, and enjoyed festive, carefree days at New York's "Electric Eden." Speculate on how a New York City amusement park both expressed and responded to 20th-century American society, with this gallery from American Experience: "Coney Island."

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