One of the posts that held the ride up was still in Yankee Harbor up until a couple years ago.
Of course, when I was a kid, there was always a rumor that one of the sky rides "fell." Oh now, it was the one in St. Louis.. things of urban legends maybe. Just like the kids who "died on the Edge." (they were hurt, didn't die.)
It's too bad these beautiful rides are gone - along with the Sky Whirl - I always got a ride on that.
Anyone know why the sky rides are gone? I would imagine alot of peeps spit and threw things... When I worked at CP some kids spit and I looked up and followed their cabin all the way to the station, walked up the exit and got em ;) Called security...
I would suggest the reason these rides are hard to comeby is the reason you suggested. Too many kids riding them and vandalizing the park and guests below. I'm sure it would cause quite a headache for many because like you stated you followed them all the way to the station. You couldn't imagine someone to do that with EVERYONE. But if this isn't the reason I wouldn't know what would be. They offer a great view and easy route to the other side of parks. (Case in point my first trip to SFGAdv). :-)
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
There are three supports from the SFStL ride that are still visible. It is sad to think three people died on it.
of parks. (Case in point my first trip to SFGAdv). :-)
3 people died on the st. louis sky ride? How did that happen?
I believe they ran it while it was severly windy. A car fell, killed three, injured one. Behind what is now Panda Express / Ninja area.
It was removed in 1981.
Bolliger/Mabillard for President in '08 NOT Dinn/Summers
Anyone know for sure? for sure? b/c I still know people that know for sure, that 3 people died on the Edge...
http://www.sfstlskyway.com/postskywayart2.jpg *** Edited 8/3/2007 2:27:27 AM UTC by d*rockin***
Here is his fansite if you wish to look into it further.
Actually, if you look at that site there is another link to a newspaper article on the cause. *** Edited 8/3/2007 2:52:36 AM UTC by d*rockin***
I tend to believe so, since sky rides now seem to shut down in ANY kind of breeze. Then again, even the Busch parks seem to have different standards - I know BGA closes theirs down at the slightest MENTION of wind, whereas I was surprised to get a ride on BGW's a few years back on my last visit...there weren't gale-force winds, but it was "kinda blow-y"...
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