A Brief History
Mountain Park was built in 1894 by the Holyoke Street Railway as a way
to increase weekend business on the company's trolley cars. Over
the next 94 years, Mountain Park provided the citizens of Holyoke and its
neighbors a variety of entertainment - ranging from the thrills of the
midway to the drama of the Summer Theatre. Early on, one would get
to Mountain Park by riding the trolley from downtown Holyoke, for the cost
of a shinnyThe trolley ride from downton Holyoke cost 5 cents. After
church on a Sunday, the typical family would pack a picnic lunch and spend
a day at the park.
Early attractions were a carousel, "The Great Gorge Water Ride," (Ed
- This was Mountain Park's second roller coaster, a version of the popular
'Scenic Railway' roller coaster.) the bear den, deer park, and live entertainment
on an open stage.
A View of Mountain Park From Above During the Better Years
Mountain Park was a traditional trolley amusement park situated on beautiful
Mt. Tom in Holyoke Massachusetts. Up until its untimely demise in
1987, Mountain Park entertained the people of Western Massachusetts with
wonderful rides such as the Mountain Flyer roller coaster, the historic
carousel, flyers, whip, and tempest.