Mat Lindstedt was a typical 12-year-old growing up in San Jose during the 1970s. He spent his summers braving the runaway mine ride, paddling the Indian war canoes, and riding the lazy burros at Frontier Village amusement park. Riding an endangered species. Photo: iStockphoto But Lindstedt's summers changed in 1980, when the owners of Frontier Village decided the park's 33 acres would fetch them far more dollars in the San Jose real-estate market than it ever would as a kiddie kingdom. The park never stood a chance, and closed its gates for good. "It was heart-wrenching," Lindstedt says today. "The …
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Dan Rafter is a freelance writer living in St. Charles, Illinois.
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