Last week I went to the Utica, Illinois Facebook page. Utica is the gateway to these parks. It's also been made famous by a tornado that ripped through the area in 2004, killing several people. The village has used social networks to its advantage and has a page loaded with all kinds of photos and wonderful information about people, places and things to do in the area. One of the posts asked for pictures from a place out of my childhood that no longer exists called Mother Goose Gardens. It was right next to Starved Rock State Park and what a treat it was to go there as a kid. The amusement park opened in 1957 on nearly 50 acres near the south edge of Starved Rock...kiddie carnival rides and petting zoo, games, including a 30- reproduction of Mother Goose. So awesome. Good childhood memories.
|The incredible Mother Goose. That's me of course, striking a pose. Love the little beanie hat. No girlie clothes for me. You can peddle the train cars faster in pants.|
|Hey! Where's my porridge?|
|Little Bo Peep. I'm in my favorite pose.|
Do you have childhood memories of this park? I'd love for you to share them with me or send me photos that I will post on my blog. One last memory...it was of a place down the road from Mother Goose Gardens...next to Rt. 71. Trucks always whizzed by and stirred up the dust. I remember eating hot dogs there but the greatest part was going into a big tee pee and picking out a plastic toy from a large treasure chest. I think it was called the Wigwam. Glorious!