New Libertyland history book now available!

Libertyland: Images of Modern America Book

New Libertyland Book Now Available!

About the Book

Nestled in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, the Libertyland theme park debuted on America's bicentennial: July 4, 1976. The quaint park celebrated America's history, heritage, and culture. Not only was it home to Elvis Presley's favorite roller coaster, Libertyland also offered guests rides on the historic Grand Carousel, exciting shows, gift shops selling handcrafted souvenirs, delicious food, and much more. The park's themed areas--Colonial Land, Frontier Land, and Turn-of-the-Century Land--paid tribute to some of the country's most historically significant eras. From its opening in 1976 until its closure in late 2005, Libertyland was a first roller coaster ride, a first date, a family reunion, a summer job, or simply a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the real world.

Libertyland: Images of Modern America author John R. Stevenson V
Libertyland: Images of Modern America author John R. Stevenson V

Images of Modern America: Libertyland is a chronological look at the theme park's life, from blueprints to its razing and beyond. Photographs were gathered from former park employees, guests, historians, Memphis-area libraries, and the Shelby County Archives. Born and raised in Memphis, author John R. Stevenson V rode his first roller coaster at Libertyland and considers his childhood days spent at the park unforgettable. This book is not only a tribute to Libertyland's legacy, but also a history lesson for generations of Memphians to come.

Where to Buy in Memphis

Support Memphis business by purchasing the book in store! Libertyland: Images of Modern America is available at the following retailers:


387 Perkins Extd.
Memphis, TN 38117


Burke's Books

936 Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104


South Main Book Juggler

548 S Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103


A. Schwab

163 Beale St.
Memphis, TN 38103


Barnes & Noble - Wolfchase Galleria

2774 N Germantown Pkwy.
Memphis, TN 38133


Barnes & Noble - Carriage Crossing

4610 Merchants Park Circle Suite 521
Collierville, TN 38017


Are we missing anyone? Let us know!

Libertyland Book Signings and Other Events

Author John R. Stevenson V will be signing and selling signed copies of Libertyland: Images of Modern America in Memphis through the holiday season.

11/25: Book Sale & Signing at Stock&Belle on South Main in Downtown Memphis

Saturday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

387 S Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

11/25: Book Sale & Signing at Burke's Books in Cooper Young

Saturday, Nov. 25 from 1-3 p.m.

Burke's Books
936 Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Stay tuned for more events!

In the News

Libertyland Podcast

Listen to author John Stevenson talk all things Libertyland on the amazing Memphis Type History podcast!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long did it take to write the book?

From proposal to printing took around nine months.

How long is the book?

Libertyland: Images of Modern America is 96 pages long.

Why did you write a Libertyland book?

I wrote a book about Libertyland, because the park holds a special place in my park. It was one of the first amusement parks I visited, and it undoubtedly fueled my love and passion for roller coasters and the amusement industry.

I also think it's an important chapter in Memphis' history. The park was significant not only to the city but the amusement industry — it was the country's first "miniature theme park" and helped influence the construction of similarly sized regional parks across the country.


Can I host a book signing? Can I review your book for my website, publication, etc.?

Contact us so we can work out the details!

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