Last week, we covered the first decades at Joyland under the operation of the Ottaway family. This week, we’ll cover the park’s operation under new management, with rises, falls, closures, abandonment, and lots of fires. Abandoned, Joyland became a magnet for urban explorers and vandals, and an example of the changing face of the amusement industry.
Joyland was a family-run amusement park in Wichita, KS, with a long history. This post is the first of two parts diving deep into the history of the park. In this post, I look at the history of the Ottaway family, the steam engine that started it all, and the first few decades of Joyland’s operation.