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Bay Beach is a municipal amusement park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Situated near the mouth of the Fox River, on the east bank as it flows into Green Bay, the park contains rides, concessions, a roller coaster, and a food pavilion. Dances, movies, and other events are held in a pavilion. The park is adjacent to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.HistoryThe park’s history dates to the 1890s when entrepreneur Mitchell Nejedlo purchased the land. Originally intended to be divided and sold for summer cottages, he turned it into Bay View Beach. Bay View Beach had a dance hall, a bar, and a bathhouse, however, because it was swampy and infested with mosquitoes, the park didn’t attract many visitors. In 1908 Captain John Cusick bought the resort from Nejedlo. Cusick built an 8-foot dock that extended 570 feet into the bay, then bought a steamboat to transport customers from Walnut Street Bridge to Bay View Beach. When swimming became popular, Cusick began renting swimsuits for $0.10. On a good day, he could bring in as much as $450. In 1901 a roller coaster was built. Then in 1908, Cusick built a ride called “Shoot the Chutes”, a flat-bottomed boat that could hold 12 people. The boat was slid down a 50-foot ramp and onto the water. The ride cost $0.10.In 1911 Bay View Beach was sold to Frank Emery Murphy, Born 1862 (Green Bay Alderman, Corporate Executive of Murphy Lumber, Murphey Supply, Morley – Murphy Company, Owner of The Prestigious Horse Shoe Bay Farms in Door County, Wisconsin ) and Fred A. Rahr Born 1863, (Green Bay Alderman, Operator of The Rahr’s Brewing Company, Treasurer of the Volunteer Green Bay Fire Department when it was organized in 1887). In 1920 they Both donated the 11 acres, along with all its buildings and attractions, to the city of Green Bay to be used as a City Park, Called Bay Beach Park.