Elitch Gardens History?

Tuesday, August 28, 2001 12:49 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows of a website where I could find a timeline and articles/pictures of Elitch Gardens (SFEG). I am looking for the original EG and new, and mostly info on the move, why it was done, and about the original coasters (WC & MT) and also, why the coasters were demolished instead of someone else operating them at the first site of the park.

Thanks!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2001 1:45 PM
I haven't seen any Elitch's websites out there.  But I can tell you that the park was moved because the original location was very small and the park was slowly suffocating as the crowds grew larger every year.  The new location is twice as large as the old location.  The plans for the old location, as far as I know, never included leaving the coasters intact, they are still in the process of redeveloping the area.  The coasters are gone but the Elitch Theater, the carousel building are still in place.  The Wildcat was built in 1936.  Mr. Twister was built in 1964, but was reprofiled in 1967.  The Twister was designed by John Allen.  Both coasters were built by the Philadephia Toboggan Company, along with the carousel, which was installed in 1926, and was refurbished when the park moved in 1995. 
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Tuesday, August 28, 2001 3:44 PM
Couldn't they have kept operating the Twister and Wildcat at the old location? A 1930's PTC is a terrible thing to waste.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2001 8:38 PM
tell me about it.  I loved the old Elitch's, but i do agree that they had no more room at the old site.  I would have loved to see WC and MT continue operating, moved to the new park, or rebuilt EXACTLY THE SAME WAY at the new park.  Anyway, I hoped they would do something to preserve Mr. Twister, but about a year after the park moved both coasters were burned by some gangs.  I have never cried over an inanimate object since.  I hope I helped give you some info, but I don't know any web sites with history on the park.  Sorry.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2001 12:46 PM
Thanks. Anyone have any pics of the old coasters?
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