Chap's Amusement Park, Decatur, IL. (ca.1945-ca.1960)
One block south of Junction; Routes 48-51 & 121
Information about Chap's Amusement Park was hard to find. Chap's Amusement Park, was located on the far North side of Decatur. Some of the rides included a merry-go-round, a small Ferris wheel, the Caterpillar with cover, Airplanes, Boat ride, tractors and a Miniature train (aka: bumpy train) that circled the park with an out-and-back through a field. The train was painted blue. Skee Ball was popular along with other games of chance.
As recalled by a group member: If you stood in the center of the park looking toward the parking lot, then the train was at your 12 o'clock, the airplanes at 2, the Caterpillar was at 4 or 5, the tractors at 8 and the boats at 9 or 10 o'clock. The Ferris wheel would be at 2 or 3 o'clock but further than the Airplane ride.
Besides the rides Chap's had a roller skating rink.