Boblo Island

Address: 
Detroit River
City: 
Amherstburg
Region: 
Ontario
Country: 
Canada
Opened: 
1898
Closed: 
1993

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Boblo Island Amusement Park was a theme park which ran from 1898 until its closure on September 30, 1993. Its amusement rides were sold in 1994.

The park was located on Bois Blanc Island, which is part of the province of Ontario, Canada. It lies just above the mouth of the Detroit River. The people of Detroit, Michigan characterized it as that city's Coney Island.

The island is a five-minute ferry ride from Amherstburg, Ontario, and 18 miles from Detroit. For more than 85 years, the park was serviced by the SS Ste. Clair and the SS Columbia ferry boats. The Boblo Island Amusement Park was famous for those two steamers, the "Bob-Lo Boats," which went between Detroit and the island. They could hold over 2,500 passengers each. The ferry boats were sold in January 1996.

The Nightmare, Falling Star, Wild Mouse, Sky Streak, and Screamer rides, a Ferris wheel, a zoo, and a carousel were the signature attractions. To move visitors around the island, the park constructed a small railroad. Henry Ford financed a dance hall designed and built by Albert Kahn. The dance hall was the second largest in the world, holding 5,000 dancers at full capacity.