There was once an amusement park in Maple Shade. With this and the Totem Ranch bar having animals, and other items such as a Roller Drome, etc... Maple Shade was a fun place!
The following is quoted from the Maple Shade Progress, April 19, 1956-
Amusement Park To Open Sunday
'Ranch Town' Has New Policy And new Rides
Ranch Town, a new and larger amusement park, will open for the season this Sun., Apr. 22, at 1 P.M. according to Robert Snyder owner, who changed the name this year from Maple Kiddie park to "fit in with the atmosphere." The park is located at Route 73 at Fellowship Rd.
"We are attempting to cater to the whole family instead of just the children," Snyder said. "The youngsters will enjoy it even more then before since we are adding an animal farm with a goat, a pig, chickens and other farm animals. There will also be several monkeys who will be outdoors in warm weather.
"An inovation will be a real cowboy who will "ride herd" to assist patrons in parking their cars. Cowboys and cowgirls on duty will wear western costumes."
"There will be a novelty shop containing small toys and some nursey stock. There will be games available for the older folks, including ping pong, horseshoes and checkers which they can enjoy while the younger ones are riding on the amusements."
"When warmer weather arrives there will be a singing cowboy, sitting by a real campfire in which customers can roast marshmallows or hot dogs," Snyder said.
Free gifts will be given to all children visiting the park on opening day.
Snyder opened the first amusement park on a one-acre site on the opposite side of Route 73 two years ago. The park was so popular he moved to the new location last year and this year four and one-half acres are given over to the park.