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Ostrich Farm and The Dixieland Park

Ostrich Farm 

  Downtown, at perched on the edge of the St. Johns River, in the area now occupied by the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Treaty Oak Park, was Dixieland Amusement Park and Ostrich Farm, which opened in 1907. 

From the Collection of Larry Bryant, early 1900s postcards of the Ostrich Farm in Jacksonville, Florida

Margaret  Tullman                  1906         Charles Parker B1906                        Marry Armstrong  1906                                       Telfair Stockton          1907
NewPort , Rhode Island                                                                                                                                                      Hendersonville, North Carolina
Effie Lake                     1909                        Jane Kern              1909                              1909                                 W. Howard Coffey1911                           Nina Eaton Weldin         1911
Nantucket    Massachusetts                       Romney, West Virginia                                                                                   Little Falls, New York                         Pittsburg, Pennsylvania      




Ella Kline                       1912
Reading, Pennsylvania                                       Warren, Ohio




 The Dixieland Park
  Billed as the “Coney Island of the South,” Dixieland featured amusements not seen anywhere else in the region and drew thousands of visitors daily. Favorite features were the 160-foot wooden roller coaster, hot air balloon rides, parachute jumps, a toboggan and the Flying Jenny, a large merry-go-round that boasted 56 brilliantly painted wooden animals.  Spectacular shows included lion wrestling, comedy acrobatic and high-wire performances, vaudeville acts, alligator, dog and pony shows and ostrich races. Famous bandleader John Phillips Sousa entertained crowds and silent filmmakers shot many of their movies at Dixieland, including jungle pictures which added elephants, tigers, camels and horses to the menagerie of animals. Thousands of sports fans turned out to watch Babe Ruth play an exhibition baseball game. And park goers sunned on 
   Dixieland’s bathing beaches and cooled off in its swimming pools – all for a 10-cent admission fee, affordable even for the day.Dixieland land closed in 1916. Much of its collection of exotic animals found a new home at the Jacksonville Zoo, which opened in the Springfield neighborhood in 1914. Today, nothing of Dixieland remains, save for one beautiful remnant – a massive 70-foot tall, 25-foot wide Live Oak tree dubbed “Treaty Oak.”


  Alma Privatt                1907                              N.B. Ward
   Seville, Florida                                                  Charleston, West Virginia