The mere mention of Dartmouth's Lincoln Park conjures memories for many folks who grew up in the Greater New Bedford-Fall River area in the last century.

The legendary amusement park first opened in 1894 and closed in 1987.

Lincoln Park was one of the dozens of amusement parks that used to exist in the region.

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Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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The Union Street Railway Company opened up 46 acres of land surrounded by Route 6, Reed Road, and Beeden Road. It was eventually named Lincoln Park.

Lincoln Park was intended for company employees to take family members for picnics. There were no amusement park rides at Lincoln Park until the 1920s.

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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The name "Lincoln Park" was chosen by lottery. The park was known first as "Midway Park" or "Westport Park" before the name change. More rides were added in the 1940s when a bowling alley and roller skating rink were added to complement the existing dance hall, later named the Lincoln Park Ballroom.

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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When Lincoln Park closed in 1987, the property sat dormant until 2012, when what remained of the Comet roller coaster was demolished. Our friend Taylor Cormier tells me he recently saw a stool claiming to be made of wood from the Comet at an area consignment shop.

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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In 2016, after several false starts, the first of three apartment buildings opened on the former Lincoln Park property. The apartments would be known as The Residences at Lincoln Park. Some 60 single-family homes comprise a private neighborhood referred to as Homes at Lincoln Park. Plans for retail development and a fourth apartment building have either been canceled or delayed, perhaps in part because of the pandemic.

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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There is very little on-site to remind you that the property was once a thriving amusement park, alive with carnival music, the occasional shriek of a Comet rider, and the crack of the guns in the shooting gallery where young men competed for stuffed animals for their sweeties.

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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The street signs that mark your way through the now quiet neighborhood are perhaps the most telling reminder of what once was.

Here are some pictures I took during a walk-through of the neighborhood.

This was the first apartment complex to open in 2016:

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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The second apartment complex opened in 2018.

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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The third apartment complex opened a short time later.

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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This is the view from upper Rollercoaster Drive:

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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Walking on lower Rollercoaster Drive:

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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Carousel Terrace:

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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This rescued ecosystem was buried under the park.

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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Walking along Midway Park Drive, this is what you'll see:

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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These are the community mailboxes:

Dartmouth's former Lincoln Park amiusement park is now The Residences at Lincoln Park.
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Dartmouth's Camp Paradise

The former Camp Paradise site in Dartmouth will soon be turned into new nature trails. Here's one last look at what remains of the camp before it is removed to clear the area for the new trails.

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property before it opens to the public. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

Inside New Bedford's Capitol Theater

New Bedford's long-dormant Capitol Theater is set to undergo a $6 million restoration project that will convert the former movie house into a mixed-use facility. Here's how it looks today.

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.