Billings Wonderland

Summer time in Billings, Montana in the '50s brought Wonderland Amusement Park to life. Wonderland drew crowds of people as Billing's chief attraction. It originally opened in 1950 as Foote Amusement Center. It featured wonders such as the See 'Em Alive Zoo, Western Trail's Museum, Wonderland Speedway, Pioneer Playhouse, trout ponds, a Midway with adult and kiddie rides, miniature diesel train, snack shop, and gift store.

Wonderland amusement park, 1950s. -- Foote Collection, Western Heritage Center

Wonderland amusement park, 1950s.

Foote Collection, Western Heritage Center

Wonderland amusement park, circa 1950s. It featured a speedway, thrill rides, pony rides, trout pond, and a train. -- Jim Reich

Wonderland amusement park, circa 1950s. It featured a speedway, thrill rides, pony rides, trout pond, and a train.

Jim Reich

The museum at Wonderland amusement park, 1950s. -- Jim Reich

The museum at Wonderland amusement park, 1950s.

Jim Reich

The crowd for Bozo Day at Wonderland amusement park, 1954. Bozo "the Capitol Clown," known at the time for his best-selling children's records on Capitol Records, was featured at Wonderland for special events. -- Foote Collection, Western Heritage Center

The crowd for Bozo Day at Wonderland amusement park, 1954. Bozo "the Capitol Clown," known at the time for his best-selling children's records on Capitol Records, was featured at Wonderland for special events.

Foote Collection, Western Heritage Center

Bozo the Clown with Don Foote at Wonderland, 1954. -- Foote Collection, Western Heritage Center

Bozo the Clown with Don Foote at Wonderland, 1954.

Foote Collection, Western Heritage Center

The Oasis drive-in cafe at Wonderland amusement park, 1950s. It served hamburgers, malts, ice cream, and root beer. -- Jim Reich

The Oasis drive-in cafe at Wonderland amusement park, 1950s. It served hamburgers, malts, ice cream, and root beer.

Jim Reich

Arlene, Gary, and Joan Drake at the Wonderland amusement park, circa 1956. -- Arlene Drake Hegel

Arlene, Gary, and Joan Drake at the Wonderland amusement park, circa 1956.

Arlene Drake Hegel

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