Mt. Gretna Amusement Park?

Sunday, July 20, 2003 8:12 PM
Awhile ago, my dad had a book about the history of the local area of where I live, and it showed a picture of a roller coaster and other amusement rides. I can't find the book, but what I do remember is that the park closed down I believe in the 1930's or 20's. I also know that the area where the park once was stood in the open field close to the lake. I searched RCDB, MSN, and Google but couldn't come up with anything.

I was wondering if anyone has any information on the park and/or it's roller coaster. Any information is appreciated.

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Monday, July 21, 2003 8:04 AM
Do not know much about the park but do seem to remember something about the park being reached via a 2 foot narrow gauge railroad. Pretty sure it was Mt Gretna
Just throwing that out for the other railfan coaster lovers.

Jim Wolgamuth

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:01 PM
Yes, Mt. Gretna had it's own narrow gauge railroad that connected it to outside. In fact Baldwin Locomotive Works built a pair of handsome 4-4-0 Americans for the line, the first one in one working week! The resort was a popular location for National Guard encampments and Civil War Veterans reunions. During one of the Guard encampments a group of intoxicated weekend warriors managed to tip over a coach, in turn tipping over the adjoining coaches. There were fatalities, and the resorts fortunes began to decline after that.
*** This post was edited by Dutchman 7/22/2003 11:03:37 PM ***
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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 10:36 AM
SOME things never change... ;)

They probably didn't have security back then...not that typical amusement park security guards could stop a mob of drunken vets from doing whatever the heck they felt like doing...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 12:38 PM
Heres some stuff I just found on ebay with Mt. Gretna.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3618505934&category=13878

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2184467214&category=20232

I usually see one or two items for Mt. Gretna when I do my searches on ebay. I think the one ACE magazeine had an article about Mt. Gretna back in 2000.

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Signature will be closed today. Sorry for the inconveinance.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003 12:41 PM
Thanks for all the information. I also recieved 2 e-mails with a lot of useful information. Apparently the park was called Kauffman's Park. Again, thanks for the info.
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