1907 Headlines: Roller Coaster Set To Open At Battle Creek Amusement Park
In late April of 1907, an exciting new addition to the Liberty Amusement Park on Goguac Lake in Battle Creek was completed. A roller coaster, built at a cost of $10,000, was put in at the northern tip of the lake.
The roller coaster joined other favorites at the amusement park like the Ferris wheel, dance hall, casino and a clubhouse complete with bowling alleys, billiard tables, and a restaurant. The park also had a toboggan run called "chute the chute" where patrons could rent toboggans and take a slide all the way down to the water.
A woman named Dorothy commented on a page about the park at waterwinterwonderland.com saying the place had a significant role in her family history.
My grandparents met at an amusement park in Battle Creek and married in 1899. My grandfather was there to oversee the construction of a roller coaster - or, so I have been told.
Liberty Amusement Park reportedly closed in 1933 and was believed to have been located pretty much where Willard Beach park is today.