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Looking back: Some rarely seen photos from the Forest Park Highlands

Looking back: Some rarely seen photos from the Forest Park Highlands

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The Forest Park Highlands was a popular amusement park at 5600 Oakland Avenue, across from Forest Park, for almost seven decades until a spectacular fire destroyed most of it in July of 1963.

It opened in 1896 as the Highlands Cottage Restaurant, but business didn't pick up until it added a merry-go-round to attract customers. The owners added more rides the next year, transforming the beer garden into an amusement park.

On Jan. 28, 1934, The Forest Park Highlands Amusement Park announced a $50,000 rehabilitation program to replace the "Scenic Railway" with "The Flying Turn." 

By the time of the fire on July 19, 1963, the 14-acre park had nine children's rides and 14 major ones, including a roller coaster known as the Comet. On the site now is the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.

Take a look back at some rarely-seen photos of the Highlands.

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