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Jenison Electric Park
Jenison Electric Park

Jenison Electric Park

Holland Michigan's Beloved Resort and Amusement Park

Michigan In-Depth


160 Pages, 8.54 x 9.78

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $27.95 (US $27.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: May 2014

ISBN 9780980175035

Rights: WOR

In-Depth Editions, LLC (May 2014)

Price: $27.95


Jenison Electric Park is an illustrated historical profile of the lakeside resort and its beloved amusement park that blossomed at the turn of the twentieth century. Located on the shores of Black Lake (Lake Macatawa since 1934), it rose to popularity during the gentle era of steamship travel, electric railroads, and the twilight of the horse and buggy. Families, church groups, and other vacationers sought refuge from the summer heat on the shaded lawns cooled by lake breezes. This painstakingly researched book brings to life a forgotten time in Michigan’s fascinating history.

Author Biography

Lois Jessiek Kayes grew up in Macatawa Park near Jenison Park, a member of the boat- building family that helped bring Jenison Electric Park to prominence. As a young girl, she lived in the resort area year round and experienced the crowds and excitement of the summers as well as the quiet days of the off-season. This book is a labor of love, and a story that has waited a lifetime to be told by an author determined to evoke a sense of the era and be true to its history.