Jan. 3, 1917: An artist's rendering of the new grand entrance to Paragon Park showed ornate details. The architects Martin & Freethy are identified in the drawing in the lower left corner. The sculpture work was done by Hugh Cairns. The park was called Atlantic Park when it was built in 1868 by the New Haven Railroad and Schlitz Beer. It became Paragon Park in 1905.
May 26, 1917: Paragon Park built a new grand entrance after a fire destroyed much of the park in September 1916. A dance hall was among the new features added to the park with accommodations for 1,500 couples.
July 22, 1934: Thousands flocked to Nantasket Beach to escape the heat. Temperatures hovered around 90, but high humidity made a day at the beach much more enjoyable.
June 2, 1942: Mechanics who had just finished the annual inspection and repairs to the Paragon Park roller coaster gave it a tryout on the first ride of the 1942 season. Because of World War II and wartime blackout restrictions, blue cellophane had to be put over all the white lights on the park rides and the lights on Nantasket Avenue had to be painted black. All traffic had to be kept off the roads after dark for rider safety.
July 31, 1959: The Magic Mine Train ride encircled 3 miles of Paragon Park at Nantasket Beach and was called a "dark ride" as it went through a tunnel. The ride had special effects which included bubbling pots, falling rocks and a mine explosion.
Dec. 3, 1964: George Turpins, 4, and his sister Debra,7, of North Grafton took a ride on the Whirlybird.
June 19, 1974: The "Turnpike Ride" was replaced by the new and improved "Indy 500."
July 28, 1981: The Sky Ride provided a bird's eye view of the park.
Aug. 19, 1982: The Nantasket roller coaster gave a good view of the Boston skyline in the distance. The giant coaster was built after the park fire in 1916 and opened for rides in May 1917. It gave a ride of nearly a mile and a half, its highest point 98 feet above the ground. It cost $100,000 to build and 200 mechanics worked nine months on its construction.
June 12, 1985: After the close of Paragon Park, David Norton (left) and Doc Horton conducted the auction of the roller coaster at Paragon Park. The final bidder was Mark Mason of Wild World of Landover, Md. He can be seen in the bottom right of the photo under the hand of Doc Horton wearing the white shirt and black coat with his arms crossed. He bought the coaster with the top bid of $28,000.