What happened to these parks? Where can I find info on these parks? I saw a postcard on ebay last week that had a wooden coaster on it (white) that I believe was at Wheeling Park. Anyone know the name or what happened to it? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
*edited due to me doing the search myself*
Ok so for once the search or rcdb turned up nothing on these coasters but it normally is the best resource on line for info on coasters
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Try a search on Google, as I tried to look for info on these parks before. There is little, if any info about them.
This site on Terrapin Park is the best one I have found so far.
I would try the local libraries, or the Cultural Center library here in Charleston. I have found those to be more informative.
*** Edited 8/24/2004 7:15:07 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
I wonder if Terrapin Park had anything to do with turtles :)
Wheeling Park and Oglebay Park are both still around. Never knew of them to be amusement parks. I'm pretty sure they are state funded parks. I'll have to check into that. Both have paddle boats, golf courses, putt-putt, swimming pools, blah, blah, blah. They closest either come to an amusement park is Oglebay's train ride in the Good Zoo. No. wait. Grandma just told me that Wheeling Park had a merry-go-round. She's not sure about Oglebay.
As for the Coney Island and Luna Park. One or the other could be true. There used to be a park on the current site of Wheeling Racetrack and Gaming Resort or what ever they're calling the place now. I have a picture somewhere of it somewhere when the Ohio River flooded it years ago. Grandma says that neither name rings a bellfor the park on the island(Wheeling Island that is). She said she was just a little girl when she used to go there. She's 70-something now.
My pap could've told me more, but he passed away this past December. He was an amusement park lover too.
You got me wondering now. I might have to go to Wheeling Library and look some stuff up.
Do a search on posts in the past year. It seems like I typed some of this stuff on here before. It was Defunct WV or Ohio parks.
I personally think that Eastern WV could support a Camden size park(though with all their coasters operational...;)), but the problem is fitting it in between the mountains.
BTW, Mr. Ninja, love the sig, know the feeling...
Now I am in no favor of skimming our mountains but at least they should be able to utilize what has already been cleared......put it to SOME good use.
A decent sized theme park/waterpark/Zoo would bring in the tourists by the droves, but instead they would rather waste their money on the Tamarack or the Clay Center which is an overpriced, overrated so-called planetarium. The Tamarack is just a tourist trap. And they wonder why locals go to Ohio, TN, and Virginia during their weekend getaways. We got the state parks, the skiing, and the White Water, but we needs more family-oriented stuff to do.
*** Edited 8/24/2004 11:48:59 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
Rock Springs had a great collection of first half of the century classics : Tilt a Whirl, Whip, Bumper Cars, Octopus, Rolloplane, Ferris Wheel, ride through and walk through fun houses, Flying Scooters, Rockets, Tumble Bug, Virginia Reel, Cuddle Up, Wild Mouse, Carousel, and a decent Kiddieland.
The Rockets also soared out over the ravine so you were looking down on the lights of cars moving below, and out across tugboats pushing barges up the Ohio River.
Rock Springs had a great ballroom and band shell and was probably the best place between Pittsburgh and Columbus to go for a good concert. Lots of the top bands and individuals of the time performed there.
Chester itself was just a village, but at the peak of the industrial age, the valley around it was a densely populated center of steel mills, potteries, railroad yards, boat yards, and machining factories. So the population was there to support a park. Rock Springs pulled in school picnics from three states, and at the outer limits of its range competed with Idora Park, Kennywood and West View for schools.
Rock Springs may be the only amusement park in America to still be prospering at the time it closed. No quiet decline occurred. The state of West Virginia decided it wanted to build a new highway to connect the valley with Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Airport. Using the Right of Emiment Domain, it condemned the land the park occupied. It paid quite a chunk for that land, tore out the hill and put the highway through with exit and entrance ramps. Park administrators could not find another suitable piece of land in the tri-state area they could afford to buy. *** Edited 8/25/2004 12:52:43 AM UTC by Trekker Park*** *** Edited 8/25/2004 12:54:23 AM UTC by Trekker Park***
show views of two coasters that were in WV. The one in Wheeling looks like it had a double-dip! Wheeeeee!!
Could be wrong ...
But with a sagging economy and poor politicians, I would ventureto say that most companies want to stay away from WV because of the "stigma", but I think research would prove Otherwise. We may not have Locals that can afford a park all the time, unless you're in Beckley, North Central, Chas/huntington/parkersburg, but there is plenty of tourism in the state to support a regional. Heck, put it near the Greenbrier, there actually is plenty of land for a park there, as the Resort has shown by its constant growth...
According to my mom, there used to be an amusement park in Charleston that sat where the CAMC Memorial Hospital is now, and another amusement park that sat on the West Side facing the Kanawha River.....two different parks at different times. My mom remembers the one that sat where the hospital is now, but she doesn't remember it being called Luna Park. I will have to look into it again now that I am curious about it.
There are no signs or remenants of any parks on either site. :-(
It's amazing that some of these parks were around the same time Camden Park was. It's amazing that it survived and the others didn't. :-(
*** Edited 8/25/2004 10:03:54 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
I love Camden Park and wish it could be restored to its' former glory. Especially the Big Dipper. They have a pretty good whip and Tilt-A-Whirl. My brother and I want to take his son down there this year. This post edited for conten. ;) *** Edited 8/25/2004 1:13:25 PM UTC by Dragster Freak***
Trekker Park said:...Rock Springs may be the only amusement park in America to still be prospering at the time it closed. No quiet decline occurred. The state of West Virginia decided it wanted to build a new highway to connect the valley with Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Airport. Using the Right of Emiment Domain, it condemned the land the park occupied. ...
This story sounds familiar, except that I heard this same story told about White Swan Park in Pittsburgh. It too was closed through eminent domain for highway expansion to serve the Pittsburgh Airport. Is this just an unusual coincidence, or do you have your stories mixed up? Yahoo didn't show any major highways from Chester, WV to the airport.
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