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LINCOLN PARK COMET TO BE TORN DOWN

The iconic Comet roller coaster at the former Lincoln Park, located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, will likely be torn down within a month. The Vernon Keenan/Edward Leis wooden twister opened in 1946, and operated until 1987. SBNO since that time, Comet has been beyond saving for more than a decade owing to its extensive deterioration. The lift hill collapsed in 2005.

Opened in 1894 by the Union Street Railway Company, the amusement park was a local landmark until it was closed in 1987.

Plans for the 42-acre site call for 57 single-family homes and three apartment buildings with a total of 120 apartments. The Village at Lincoln Park will also feature residential and commercial space. An earlier, more expansive plan called for hundreds of condominiums. Trees and brush are currently being cleared at the site. According to one of the property's developers, "The roller coaster would be the last thing that's going to come down."

 

Photo by: Rus Ozana (summer 1994). View full-sized image.
Photo by: Rus Ozana (summer 1994). View full-sized image.
Photo by: Rus Ozana (summer 1994). View full-sized image.
Photo by: Mike Thompson (summer 2010). View full-sized image.
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