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We’re excited to be compiling the first comprehensive history of Paragon Park at Nantasket Beach. This site will give you information about the project, and how you can contribute your memories and your photos. Watch this space for additional information about the publication date and ordering information. Thanks for your interest!



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The Giant fading from the skyline…


The Summer of 1985 seemed like the longest ever, as day by day more and more of Paragon disappeared. This is one of the smaller “camel humps” of the Giant Coaster being disassembled so that it could be reborn as The Wild One in Maryland. In its 96 years, 1985 was the only season of operation the roller coaster has missed.

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The grand entrance…

old entrance copy

This classic view of Paragon’s original entrance reveals a few bits of trivia, including an electric trolley running down the middle of Nantasket Avenue (the Hull Street Railway, separate from the electric railroad on the bay side). The buildings on either side of the entrance are pre-Paragon amusements that were incorporated into the park. At left is the Steeplechase, an indoor funhouse franchised from Coney Island’s original, and at right are the Great Coal Mine and the Old Mill. These earlier attractions were built in 1903, two years before Paragon.

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Remember this view?

coaster-gw blvd skyline
Rounding the corner on George Washington Boulevard, Paragon’s Giant Coaster stretched out along the skyline to welcome Hull folks home and to give summertime visitors a peek at the fun awaiting them. Not sure whose image this is… would love to use it (or one like it) in the book.

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Last one in… misses out on the roller coaster!

newsboysThis is one of our favorite photos from the Stone Family scrapbook — newspaper carriers from The Boston Globe rushing the back gate (note the Bargain Day tags stapled to their shirts).

Weren’t we always this excited to get into Paragon?

This will definitely be in the book; anyone recognize themselves?

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The Blue Bunny… who remembers?

The Blue Bunny nightclub blue bunnyopened in the hastily rebuilt Palm Garden Grill/Captain Jack’s/Chateau space after the devastating 1963 fire.

We know Fats Domino, The Shirelles and Judy Garland performed there (Judy was just visiting, but put on a show anyway!).

Who do you remember seeing on stage at Paragon?

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