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The Lost Parks of Northern California – Series Trailer
Season 1:

• Pacific City of San Mateo: Episode 1 – Premiered March 29th, 2013!

• Luna Park of San Jose: Episode 2 – Premiered July 19th, 2013!

• Manteca Waterslides: Episode 3 – Premiered September 26th, 2013!

• Santa’s Village of Scotts Valley: Episode 4 – Premiered December 23rd, 2013!

Season 2:

• 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE): Episode 5 – Premiered June 15th, 2014!

Frontier Village Amusement Park of San Jose: Episode 6 – Premiered January 30th, 2015!


Lost Parks List:

Amusement Parks:

• 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island

• Lost World / Tree Circus – Scotts Valley

• Marine World Africa USA – Redwood City

• Neptune Beach – Alameda

• Playland-at-the-Beach – San Francisco

• Sutro’s Pleasure Grounds – San Francisco

• Various San Francisco Chutes parks (3 of them)

• Steeplechase Park – San Francisco (1899-1901: built by George Tilyou)

• Woodward’s Gardens – San Francisco

• J’s Amusement Park – Guerneville

• The Wooz – Vacaville

• Joyland – Sacramento (Oak Park)

• Shellmound Park – Emeryville

• Zapp’s Park – Fresno

• Cal Expo Park – Sacramento

• Tahoe Amusement Park – So. Lake Tahoe

• Idora Park – Oakland

• Badger’s Park – Oakland

• Stockton’s Famous Mineral Baths – Stockton

• Valley Fair Center – San Jose

• Tiny Town – San Carlos (was located on El Camino Real near Hull Street)

• Palo Alto Playtown – Arrow Development “test” park


• Shadow Cliffs Water Park – Pleasanton

• Windsor Waterworks – Windsor

• Blue Lagoon Waterslides (Lagoon Valley Park) – Vacaville

• Outrageous Waters Water Park (Clear Lake, CA)

• SplashDown Waterslides – Milpitas (Thanks, Scott!)

Total Number of Parks: 35

Do you have any photos or video of these lost parks?

If you have any photos or video, please contact: nlaschkewitsch@aceonline.org


  1. Frank Goodhue

    Hi, I am not a native Californian, but married to one. My husband’s family came to SF in 1850. We have a diary written in 1888 by his then 17 year old great grandfather. He writes about going to Woodward Gardens. He writes nothing specific, only that he likes to go there. Later in life this same man buys a new house basically across the street from the Palace of Fine Arts rotunda from the Pan Pacific Expo. In the back yard of this house, they would find “jewels” in the dirt. The “jewels” were remnants of the Tower Of Jewels that once stood on the same plot of land during the expo.
    I’m looking forward to more of your videos.

  2. Jan Brandt

    We saw the ad for the showing at the San Mateo History Museum, were seriously bummed that we wouldn’t be around to go to that. So we did a frantic search online to see what we could find……… just watched the three episodes on line, and they were great. We live in Alameda and see you are going to do Neptune Beach. Before our time, but there was a guy Andy Pagano who had videos/film of Neptune Beach. He passed away some years ago, but I think we still have a copy of his video….

    Jan & Harold

    P.S. is there a way to get an email update when a new episode is available?

  3. Rick Stubblefield

    I read the interview with Kris Rowberry in the Nov 21st edition of the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian. Shortly thereafter, I went on to You Tube and got caught up-to-date with the series. I just wanted to wish the best of luck and am also hopeful that the Discovery or Travel Channel can pick up on this for a national series. Good luck to all involved and keep up the good work.

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