Bertrand Island...Anyone?

When I logged in a few minutes ago, the featured photo was of the Wildcat at Bertrand Island here in Jersey..Mount Arlington, to be specific. Curious if anyone on here ever opened in the early part of the 20th century and closed in 1983. It's a place I never got to, and have never heard or read much about over the years. The altar boys from my church had an annual outing brother used to go, but those trips had stopped by the time I was an altar boy. Anyone have any stories?

The owner's name was KRAUS, incidentally...

Last edited by Mike Gallagher,

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

kpjb's avatar

He's a regular here. You should just ask him.


Raven-Phile's avatar

Careful, he's a little sensitive. Still pining over the loss of his log flume. ;)

...and the "E" at the end of his surname.

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

LostKause's avatar

Yep. You got the wrong guy here. My name has an "E" at the end. lol

One time my old band (of which I got my screen name from) played a show in Morgantown WV, and on the poster we were billed as "Last Klause". Hahaha!

Raven-Phile's avatar

LOL. That reminds me of the Vonage commercial with the Japanese band that's touring in a beat up short bus. I think their name is "Electric Funk", but they pull into a place that says "Eclectic Skunk".

Vater's avatar

I told them once, I told them a hundred times: put "Spinal Tap" first and "Puppet show" last.

I grew up not far from Bertrand Island, and while I was fairly young at the time it closed I did visit it a bunch of times. I never rode the roller coaster but I do have fond memories of riding the Lost River ride under the coaster, and of watching the unique Boomerang ride. It was a tiny park but it had a number of great old rides.

The Lake Hopatcong Historical Society has an exhibit on the park:

There is a documentary and Images of America book available. The Woody Allen film "Purple Rose of Cairo" contains a few scenes shot at the park.

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