Freedomland U.S.A.

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Freedomland U.S.A.


This collection contains oral history interviews with author Michael R. Virgintino, author of Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History, about the Freedomland U.S.A. amusement park. Photographs are included to provide a visual guide to the interviews.

Mr. Virgintino explains the history of the land (originially owned by the Butler family who were owners of Yonkers Raceway) and how it was transformed to Freedomland U.S.A. by real estate developer William Zuckendor. Co-Op City currently resides on top of the land that was once Freedomland U.S.A.


Freedomland U.S.A.


Michael R. Virgintino
Billy Collins


Yonkers Public Library






Freedomland U.S.A, 1960-1964.

Items in the Freedomland U.S.A. Collection

Michael R. Virgintino talks about writing the book Freedomland U.S..A.: The Definitive History and the history of the amusement park.

Michael R. Virgintino, author of Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History, talks about the layout of Freedomland U.S.A. and some of its attractions.

Michael R. Virgintino, the author of Freedomland U.S.A.:  The Definitive History,  talks about the real reason why Freedom U.S.A. closed and how some of ts rides where sold to other amusement parks.

Billy The Kid and Digger O'Toole at Freedomland U.S.A.
The actor for Billy the Kid (left) was Billy Collins. Digger O'Toole (right)was played by John Fortna. These character actors performed at a part of Freedomland that reassembled the American West.

Gunfight at Freedomland U.S.A.
These actors are depicting a gunfight in the American West in The Great Plains part of Freedomland.

Northwest Fur Trapper Boat Ride
Visitors observed depictions of the American Northwest on this boat ride.

Stagecoach Ride
While riding in this stagecoach, visitors observed depictions of the American West.

Freedomland U.S.A. Park Guide
This guide was created in 1960.

Steam Train at Freedomland
Staged train robberies occasionally occurred on it in the Wild West part of the park.

The Braniff Space Rover
This "spacecraft" was sponsored by Braniff International Airways. This ride was in Satellite City, a futuristic part of the park.