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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 Beers        1906                        Marry Armstrong  1906                                                     Telfair Stockton                            1907

 
 
 
 
 
Effie Lake                     1909                            Jane Kern              1909                                                 1909                                             W. Howard Coffey                   1911                           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


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