Historic Parks in San Diego

Wednesday, July 23, 2003 1:19 PM
I came across a cool collection of pictures from San Diego's historical society:

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/collections/amuseparks/amuseparks.htm

Here are a couple points of interest:

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/pancal/expo/wrtyelp.jpg

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/collections/amuseparks/images/96-19545-9.jpg (M:TR) ;)

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"SOME people have NO class!" - Mom from the Whizzer queue

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 1:31 PM
Great links/pics, thanks!

Does anyone have any f'in clue when someone will invent a time machine? I'm dyin' here! ;)

mOOSH

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A random Mooshter's Dawntionary listing: Reintarnation [n.] Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 1:36 PM
Even though the rides were mild, they made them look so fun!

Yah, I'd especially like to go back and visit all of California's old coastal parks.

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"SOME people have NO class!" - Mom from the Whizzer queue

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 1:42 PM
My first visit to Belmont Park was in 1971. I was 6. My family was vacationing in SD and when I saw the tracer lights across Mission Bay I begged and pleaded with my father to take me to the park. He caved ;)

It was still a full-fledged park and the Dipper [then named The Earthquake] was still running the original P&C trains. It was my first wooden coaster ever and I'll never forget my one and only ride in the very back seat...it scared the shi -- the brown stuff -- outta me!

It's such a shame that park will never be rebuilt, but I'm glad the Dipper remains to thrill new generations.

mOOSH

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A random Mooshter's Dawntionary listing: Reintarnation [n.] Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 1:50 PM
The first time I saw it, I nearly brown stuffed MY pants from wanting to ride it. It was closed and my aunt told me that it was broken down--the train flew off into the parking lot or something. Didn't go. Same exact story for the Pike. Drove past when I was 5 and said "ooooooooohhh" and heard "Oh no, we don't want to go THERE" in response...

Oh well. Yah, a full-on park at Belmont would be keen (along with a Trolly Stop).

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"SOME people have NO class!" - Mom from the Whizzer queue

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 2:37 PM
It's amazing how many people still believe that urban legend about a train "flying off" the Dipper. It *never* happened.

As for the Pike I'm happy to say I made it there, too...unfortunately I was too small to ride any of the coasters. I only have vague memories of the rides there.

mOOSH

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A random Mooshter's Dawntionary listing: Reintarnation [n.] Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 3:03 PM
Did you ever see the Little Rascals episode where they played hookie and went to the Pike? Aww man, they used to play that on KCOP just about every weekend when I was but knee-high to a grasshopper.

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"SOME people have NO class!" - Mom from the Whizzer queue

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