During the 1960s the city of Quincy developed a new island park on 130 acres of former railroad swamp land to be known as Quinsippi Island. The goal was to lure the tourists up from the popular Mark Twain town of Hannibal, 20 miles to the south, and millions were invested to clean up the site, raise the level of the land and create “one of the finest recreational areas in the Midwest".
The main transportation system to the island was the Sky Cruise, a half-mile cable chairlift ride. Another option was to use the miniature railroad which crossed over a 600ft bridge previously used by full size trains. Or you could take the paddle boat. Attractions on the island included amusement rides, a children’s zoo, Indian museum, a log cabin village and an antique car collection.
Unfortunately it was not a success and most of the attractions had closed within ten years. The Sky Cruise last operated in the late 1970s but remained standing for a while longer. The train closed in 1983.
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