Luna Park


Luna Park was an amusement park in Arlington County in operation from 1906 to 1915.

The Park was owned and operated by the Washington, Alexandria, and Mt. Vernon Railway Company. The Company commissioned Ingersoll Company of Pittsburgh to build the park after Arlington Prosecutor Crandal Mackey closed Arlington's gambling houses. Fearing a drop off in patronage on their line, Luna Park was meant to act as a more family friendly draw. The Park featured water rides, side shows, and animal acts.

The architecture of the venue was Ionic. The style also had many international inspirations, including Egyptian, Byzantine, Moorish, Japanese, Arabic, Gothic, French, Renaissance, and Corinthian designs.

Like almost all recreation activities in Arlington at the time, Luna Park was segregated.


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“Luna Park,” Built By the People Themselves, accessed December 7, 2023,


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