Revere Beach: Wonderland Amusement Park
Record-setting Australian swimmer and diver Annette Kellerman a was popular performer in Wonderland’s Water Palace in 1908. She also introduced the one-piece bathing suit to American while on Revere Beach, resulting in her arrest for indecent attire. In 1951, Ester Williams portrayed her in MGM’s Million Dollar Mermaid, in which the scandalous scene was depicted. Scenes from the movie were shot on location on Revere Beach.
Leah A. Schmidt
My family lived so close to the beach we could smell the ocean and see the infamous Cyclone roller coaster from our kitchen window. We ate dinner on hot summer nights watching the train of cars zoom down that first big hill at speeds of up to 50 miles an hour, its occupants screaming all the way to the bottom. I was eight years old and couldn’t imagine what would make a person get on that ride.
by Lina Rehal