Site of Luna Park
J. B. Crowley built Luna Park in Charleston, West Virginia in 1912 on the West Side of Elk River. The amusement park featured a golf course and many rides and games of skill and chance. Luna Park was home to seven acres of entertainment that was enjoyed by the masses and saw thousands of visitors every season in its short 11-year history.
Backstory and Context
The primary attraction at Luna Park was the 45-foot-by-100-foot community swimming pool, which held an estimated 200,000 gallons of water. Unlike most pools of that size, the Luna Park pool was not made of concrete but of “lumber and tin sheet,” according to a report by the state Department of Health.
In May 1923, the Royal Giant Dips caught fire and was destroyed along with most of the park. Despite attempts by ownership to raise the money to rebuild Luna Park, it was never resurrected. Eventually, single family housing was constructed on the park grounds. The area is now part of Luna Park Historic District.