Dreamland Amusement Park, Decatur, IL (1905-1912)
Dreamland Amusement Park was established in 1905 by the Decatur Amusement Company, and Fred Given was named manager. A score of citizens subscribed the $40,000 invested. Ten acres were bought from E. S. Baker that was located on Street Car and Interurban lines, adjacent to the city of 30,000.
The park included an artificial lake, a pumping station, a roller rink, a roller coaster, vaudeville theater, dance hall, merry-go-round, boating, a bath house and refreshment stand. For seven years the park was operated it never made a profit.
Dreamland Amusement Park was auctioned off on Tuesday, February 20, 1912 at the courthouse in Decatur, Illinois and all items, which included an Edison picture machine, an organ, skates, lawn swings, park benches and chairs and pool tables, went under the auction hammer. The city bought the property for $15,000 in 1919 and added it to Fairview Park.