Joyland Park was a small amusement park located at 33rd Street and Duluth Avenue during the 1950s. Gene “Casey” Scribner started the park in 1951 and operated it until 1963. The park featured a miniature steam train, pump-it cars, a kiddie auto ride, and a merry-go-round, as can be seen in this photograph. Joyland Park remained popular during the 1950s and was close to several drive-ins along south Minnesota Avenue. Eventually, what had been South Sioux Falls was annexed by Sioux Falls, and this area became more residential. In 1963, Scribner sold the rides, keeping only the miniature steam train that he continued to travel with for a few more years.
You can learn more about the history of South Sioux Falls by visiting Industrial Crash to Retail Cash: South Sioux Falls the new exhibit at the Pettigrew Home and Museum opening on July 24th. We hope to see you there!