Amusement Parks came into being in 1895 when Sea Lion Park opened at Coney Island in New York. Bringing pleasure to the masses, Amusement Parks represented a taste of the future. This new phenomenon came to every major city when many Americans still used horses and buggies to travel from the farm to the city.
People could live out the thrills of their fantasies by experiencing the laws of gravity and mechanical simulations. Electricity was fairly scarce in rural America and it opened the door for a lot of new inventions.
Telephones were still rare in most homes. Every big town had at least one amusement park. Electric companies built the Trolley systems that transported the masses to the Trolley Parks that were built at the end of the line.
Portland had The Oaks and Seattle decided to build Luna Park in West Seattle, west of Alki Point, and it operated from 1907 to 1913.