Attendance dropped after trolley service ended in 1965. Once segregation fell to the wayside, the park lost much of its appeal. And after my last post about Freestyle Music Park appearing on Revolution I thought it’d be fun to hear from you on the topic.. Thankfully, there haven’t been a lot of amusement parks go defunct in the last decade or so. Some relics of its past can still be found, however. Its hard to believe the park had a roller coaster in the early 1900s. A municipal park of the same name comprises the other part. A reader suggested a similar post about defunct amusement parks. Upon the park's closure around 1918, the carousel was shipped to Newton Lake Park. The ballroom was destroyed by fire in 1998. The park sold its carousel in 1978 to try and stay afloat. Lakewood began, like many other parks of its time, as a picnicking and swimming area. It is currently for sale. Now the land is owned by Lehigh Township and run as a municipal park. They added the Wildcat wooden coaster, an arcade, dance hall, carousel and other attractions that year. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Although it was only a dream, the prospect of building … Posted by: unimoggers. Category:Defunct amusement parks in Pennsylvania. The site is now home to the Lawrence Park Golf Club. Willow Mill opened as an amusement park in 1929 and included several rides alongside an inn. Condominiums were later built on part of the property. The amusement park shut down in 1989. The park was operated by the Karl and Ralph Strohl. The park closed sometime in the 1930s due to declining attendance. This trolley park went through a few iterations: Hanover Grove from 1880-1892, Hanover Park from 1893-1904 and Sans Souci Park until 1970. I recall a few years before they closed they sold most of the rides to focus on more passive activities such as shows and crafts and called themselves Magic Valley Village. The park opened in 1908 and closed in 1971. Most of its rides were auctioned off, though the skeleton of a roller coaster stands as one of the few reminders of the area's past. The Barletta family purchased several hundred acres along route 309 during the 1940s for family gatherings, picnics and weekend getaways. An old photo of the driver's ring at Lakeview Park in Royersford. Amusement parks exist to bring people hours of fun and entertainment. A second coaster, the Giant Roller Coaster, opened in 1937. Jump to navigation Jump to search. This park opened as a picnic grove next to the lake in 1875. That home was torn down in 2012. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/ Pen Mar, Washington County, Maryland, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. A large swimming pool was added two years later. Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania - by Jim Futrell (Stackpool) 2002 212 pages - small paperback with illustrated by postcards and photos. Jerome Pifer, a former tailor, ran a carousel at Hazle Park in the early 1900s. It contained rides built by his company, including the first coaster in the state with drops of more than 50 feet, as well as picnicking areas and a ballroom. The area is now a water treatment facility. Re: defunct parks in Virginia, Maryland, and Gettysburg, PA by rocketmover at 9/12/00 2:33:32 PM Coupla thoughts on these - Marshall Hall was on the Potomac DOWNRIVER from the District. This picnic ground was developed by New Brighton and New Castle Railroad Co. in 1884. A Facebook page to re-visit the nostalgia of great amusement parks of all sizes of the past as well as news involving current renovation and restoration. Ontelaunee Park, Rt.143, New Tripoli, PA. Homer Nathan Snyder owned and operated the New Tripoli Garage from 1914 to... A garage owner opened Ontelaunee Park in 1929. The company's priorities shifted in the mid-1900s. It remained in operation until 1989, when it closed as a result of higher insurance costs and lower attendance. January 18, 2019 7 comments. This 5-acre park began as a swimming area in 1938. PennDOT paid $4 million for the property. Repairs were made and Willow Mill was expanded the next year. Here is another slew of defunct -- but not forgotten -- parks that helped shape Pennsylvania in the 1900s. Now the land is a municipal park of the same name. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. During the course of its run, Alameda featured one wooden roller coaster, a Ferris wheel and a boating lake. > info for some former amusement parks in the > Washington-Baltimore, Roanoke, and Gettysburg > areas. Fantasyland was one of the first theme parks in the state. During its history, Lakewood hosted national acts including Dick Clark, Chubby Checker and Alan Alda. The park suffered severe flooding in the 1950s and closed in 1968. A recession led to declining attendance and trolleys stopped serving the area in 1921. The ride was bought by Lawrence Knoebel in 1948 and changed hands a few times before finding its way back to Knoebels. WELCOME! It had one kiddie roller coaster called the Little Dipper, as well as go-karts, miniature golf and batting cages. The rides were auctioned off in 2001, but the miniature golf course sits dormant. This country is filled with abandoned amusement and theme parks that, for one reason or another, have gone silent. It was the first park to feature bumper cars when Lusse Manufacturing tested the ride there in 1923. The local trolley company opened Central Park in 1892. It was later sold to Gene and Midge Otto, who had worked concessions at the park, as a result of Kauffman's financial difficulties. For #ThrowbackThursday: Forest Park, Chalfont, 1908. (Where "Lost Treasure Golf" is now) It had a few amusement rides, and lots of concrete dinosaur sculptures as "theming". Here is another slew of defunct — but not forgotten — parks that helped shape Pennsylvania in the 1900s. There is something so creepy, eerie and down right spooky about an Abandoned Amusement park which was once filled with laughter and now deadly silent and possibly haunted!. The Salvation Army now owns the land and operates the Ladore Retreat and Conference Center there. So here we have compiled together 13 most spooky abandoned amusement parks in America, in addition to 5 jaw dropping abandoned Amusement parks … The land was instead sold to amusement park developer Ferdinand Gremminger, and Kauffman established his own park. Hanson's remained in operation until 1984, when the Amusement Inspection Act became law and prompted higher insurance costs. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons). Do you remember any of these? Luna Park, located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, as seen in 1905. It took time to prepare Laurel before the 1926 opening, including the creation of a million-gallon capacity concrete pool and the damming of Conewago Creek to form a small lake. Lake Winola Park Lake Winola, PA. ©2000-2014 NEPA Lost Parks Cascade Park – New Castle, PA – (1892 - 1989) [Declining attendance epecially after coaster closed in 1983] Castle Rocks Park - Newtown Square, PA - (1899 - 1905) [Couldn't compete with closer Philadephia parks] Central Park – Allentown, PA – (1892 – 1951) MAP [Park closed after a fire burned coaster, carousel & theater.] Monarch Park as seen in a 1903 edition of "The Street Railway Review.". Here are some of the more well-known parks of the past. This 20-acre trolley park was designed to resemble "an oriental town" with architecture in Moorish and East Indian styles. From Jan. 6, 1906, edition of "The Index": "Dream City is absolutely beyond the line of smoke and grime that falls over all the countrysides near Pittsburgh. It was renamed to Indian Park in 1909 when additional attractions were added. He also had palm reading, monkeys and boats to entertain visitors. It closed in 1984. #ThrowbackThursday to Ivyside Park It featured a variety of rides, a man-made lake, picnic grounds and theater. It closed as the result of rising property costs and decreased attendance. A swimming pool opened at Edgewood in 1926. Rides were auctioned off in 1988. Crowds and interest in the park continued to decline through the 1970’s, and early 1980’s. Crowds and interest in the park continued to decline through the 1970’s, and early 1980’s. This list is by no means complete. A combination of regular flooding, the end of trolley service and declining attendance led to the park's closure in 1924 or 1925. Keystone also had a band that performed five times a week. The land was sold to the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1923. Zieber's Park/West Point Park (1868-1989). It had one steel roller coaster called the Little Dipper, as well as a carousel, Ferris wheel and other rides. Oakford Park: Jeannette PA’s Defunct Amusement Park. Sandy Lake Amusement Park Carrollton: 1971–2018 Sea-Arama Marineworld Galveston: … in Defunct Amusement Parks. The Starr family opened this park in 1898 with a boating area and picnic grounds. Inspired by Disneyland in California, the park featured a castle at its nucleus that was inspired by Sleeping Beauty's Castle. A dancing pavilion, carousel and switchback roller coaster were early additions, as well as the damming of Conewago Creek to establish a swimming hole. Search Roller Coasters Amusement Parks Companies People. The grounds hosted a renaissance fair in 1993 and 1994, but low attendance ended that endeavor. It closed in 1995. Henry B. Auchy built this trolley park shortly before he established the Philadelphia Carousel Company in 1899. The first carousel built by Auchy's new company was installed at White City. His successors took over operation of Mount Gretna Park in 1942, after Laurel Park closed, but this park had a difficult time overcoming dwindling audiences after World War II. This addition to Island Park in Easton was short-lived. Over on the Embassy Theatre's Facebook page, I posted a photo of the Tropical Storm Agnes Flood of 1972 waters in front... Kishacoquillas, or Kish Park, was one of Pennsylvania's many trolley parks. The park opened in 1929 and closed in 1984. Fairview had a roller coaster, skating rink and other rides, as well as hot air balloons. The lake, Austrian-crafted carousel and roller coaster served as the main attractions, though a dance hall certainly helped as well. The park had two roller coasters and a handful of other rides during its history. This 35-acre park was along Spring Creek between Derry and Paxton streets. NEPA Defunct Park List. 5.5K likes. The park closed in 1989 when it was bought by PennDOT to make room for a rerouting of PA 60. These parks include those that closed from 1970-2019 that had at least one operating roller coaster, including FECs, under the final park name at the time of park closure, and those parks that are currently SBNO. The park's downfall came from the growth of the automobile and competition with other parks. 18T E 440741 N 4578273. That plan never came to fruition. This park began as a quiet getaway, just off the Cornwall and Lebanon Railroad. Memorial Park in Williamsport contained numerous rides before baseball was the area's main attraction. Newton Lake was a 50-acre park in northeastern Pennsylvania. The City of Johnstown purchased the property in 1922, which planned to restore it but never followed through with those plans. ... Pa. And I believe Willow Grove Park might be closed down by Phila. White Swan opened in 1955 to capitalize on the post-World War II baby boom. Popular rides such as a Ferris wheel and roller coaster were later additions. It was a duplicate of a coaster located in Kennywood and could carry 18 riders per train. Quick Description: Sadly closed in 1987. Ideal Park was built to capitalize on the growing popularity of swimming in the 1920s. This park combined rides with natural beauty of five waterfalls in the area. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. All rights reserved (About Us). West View was the last Pennsylvania park to be serviced by a trolley line. There are 15 different amusement parks and theme parks with more than 50 roller coasters to ride in Pennsylvania. Trolley service stopped going to the park in 1939, and the park saw decreased attendance until it closed in 1950. It later expanded to 300 feet by 700 feet with additional rides and a miniature golf course. Defunct Amusement Parks of America. The pool closed in the 1960s as the result of declining attendance. Fred Brothell opened White Rose Park in the mid-1920s. Please keep in mind this list and the information contained within each of the pages is always a work in progress. The park was involved in a lawsuit over the carousel, which made its way to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1964. The Greatest Park U.S. state is PA! The list below contains the parks that operated in Northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as several that have yet to be confirmed.. A postcard in Jack Hiddlestone's collection shows Lake Lincoln swimming area at Nay Aug Park, Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo/Jimmy May). Still, the long-gone park appears on some modern maps. by Rachel January 18, 2019. N 41° 21.227 W 075° 42.504. Find it all and much more with the interactive Roller Coaster Database. Though service to Rocky Springs ended in 1947, the trolley station remains in the park today with other a few other mementos. Abandoned Amusement parks have fascinated urban explorers for many years. Alameda suffered declining attendance after trolleys stopped servicing the park in 1941, but it remained open a couple more seasons. A few remnants in the area serve as a reminder of the park's history. The last mention of Cabana Beach or Rakuen Lakes we could find was in 1954 in reference to transit permits. If you're looking for more remnants of the past, check out these posts: Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). This child-focused park opened under the name Doodlebug Kiddieland. The Red Streaker, a wooden coaster built in the 1950s, was bought by David Pickstone during an auction at Willow Mill Park in 1994. Each park met its downfall for different reasons. The park remained in operation to host festivals and have a few rides. Remnants of the abandoned park remain in Hunlock Creek. A group of African-American churches opened Fairview Park in 1945 to cater to the black community, which was barred from most other parks in the area. Admission was free for trolley passengers and 5 cents for anyone else. It closed after the owner retired in 1980, selling the land and rides. It had a manmade lake and stream. (Dan Gleiter/ FILE), Williams Grove Amusement Park (1850-2005). Hurricane Agnes struck Rolling Green in 1972, and the park closed because of the destruction. The Harrisburg Railways Company had a 30-year lease on the land. Greater Island Park contained a picnicking grove and one figure 8 wooden coaster. Luna Park was one of many owned by legendary roller coaster designer Fred Ingersoll, who built the still-operating Racer coaster at Kennywood and Leap-the-Dips at Lakemont Park. This park gave the Point Breeze neighborhood its name. This park opened in 1897 with a roller coaster, theater, merry-go-round and baseball field. A large music venue brought notable performers to the park, including the New York Symphony and John Philip Sousa, who also wrote some of his music at Willow Grove. Rides were auctioned off and the remaining structures were later razed. Do you have a suggestion for another park we should research, or do you have some additional details about one of these attractions? Let us know in the comments! This is a partial list. Pittsburgh Magazine writer Rick Sebak wrote about the circular brick cistern and some old steps he saw during a 2010 visit. Declining attendance in the 1970s forced the park to sell its rides and tear down the coaster in 1976. Lost Amusement Parks . Defunct Nostalgic Amusement Parks Yesterday at 6:08 AM These photos are being shared of some photos of Idora Park artifacts ... that The Idora Park Experience … "My dad was a manager there for 30 years and I had the advantage of 'free' tickets for all the rides, including the Crystal Pool," Robert Connolly told the East Falls Historical Society. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Sterling received full ownership in the 1950s and saw good attendance until the 1970s, when he sold it. The line was rerouted and completed in 1898. It was often referred to as Kauffman's Park, though that was never the official name. It lasted through at least 1917. Many of these parks eventually rides and attractions, making them amusement parks. West Point featured a skating rink, roller coaster and other rides. It was sold to the City of Pittsburgh in 2003. The park closed in 1977. At least one of the carousel's carved horses made its way out west, where a Whittier, California, woman in 1991 purchased a real horse tail to go with her 1915 carving that once belonged to Doodlebug. That same year, Ogden moved structures from their closing Mountain Park to Valley View. A lake and gardens attracted visitors during the first few years. The pool deteriorated after Cabana Beach was abandoned. It later added two roller coasters and tilt-a-whirl, as well as turned the theater into a funhouse. It’s an escape from the real world where guests can get their thrills on rides, eat junk food and win prizes at carnival games. The Barletta family purchased several hundred acres along route 309 during the 1940s for family gatherings, picnics and weekend getaways. WELCOME! Point Breeze later added rides. From Ashley Gibbons Posted August 16, 2010 at 10:21 AM. The area is now a nature park and picnic area. Abraham Kauffman bought land in 1923 to establish this park after failing to purchase Mount Gretna Park, another amusement park in the area. Plans to transform the land into a state park fell through. The land is now home to the Oak Park Shopping Center. A reader suggested a similar post about defunct amusement parks. The area was razed in 1980 and a mall was built in its place. There's several shells of stations,buildings,and various other stuff that they haven't (yet) destroyed. This gallery of defunct amusement parks is indefinably and infinitely sad for me. Bushkill Park is not permanently closed, but it is on a long hiatus. Lenape Park was one of the first trolley parks to open in the state. It was 620 feet long. This NAPHA Website’s goal is to document approximately 1000 defunct amusement parks in the United States and Canada. West Point Park was the last remaining amusement park in the counties surrounding Philadelphia. A broken dam flooded the entire region in 1903, killing 19 people in Oakford Park and causing $700,000 in damage (almost $19 million today) throughout the area. The Mount Scenic Railway is shown in this 1910 image of Woodside Park, Philadelphia. The entrance to Paxtang Park as seen in The Street Railway Review in 1891. Visitors could speak to him through a tube. That was ruled in favor of appellant Elizabeth Griest, who was injured while trying to step off the carousel. A while back I asked you about your worst defunct and best defunct coasters were. He later the famed Philadelphia Toboggan Company with Chester Albright in 1904. The roller coaster is seen behind buildings in Chestnut Hill/White City Park in this Feb. 24, 1906 edition of "The Street Railway Journal.". A while back I asked you about your worst defunct and best defunct coasters were. This postcard shows the entrance to Luna Park in Scranton. Nearly all of Pittsburgh’s past amusement parks have become lost in the mists of time. In 1947 it added a carousel purchased from Knoebels, which already had a larger one installed. This little park was located on the Pigeon Forge strip across from the Grand Hotel. The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad built this park in 1880. It is fair to say that it is one park-crazy state. This park opened in 1896 and survived for decades as one of the largest amusement parks in the state. Rocky Glen Park - Defunct Amusement Parks on With some of the parks I was unable to find a history and/or determine an exact location. It was established by Fernwood Resort in 1977. This small park — only 80 feet by 100 feet to start — was owned by John Quinn, a former American League umpire, and concessionaire Jack Essner. (Photo courtesy of Monroeville Historical Society). The park's carousel found a new life in Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum. 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