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Coney Island is a twentieth-century icon of American fun, and the birthplace of the large-scale amusement park. George Tilyou's grinning "funny face" logo for Steeplechase Park, the giant tower at Dreamland, and Luna Park's 1.3 million electric lights drew crowds of fun-seekers for decades. Visitors strolled the boardwalk, splashed in the Atlantic Ocean, rode the Wonder Wheel, and enjoyed festive, carefree days at New York's "Electric Eden."

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