Tradition parks and their history

Friday, September 28, 2001 5:29 PM
I am writing for my AP US history class an essay about Amusement parks and the effect of World war 1 and 2 upon the amusement park industry. i was wondering if anyone had some good suggestions of parks to base my paper on and where i could find some info. I was definitely thinking about Knobels, Playland and maybe Coney Island.
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Friday, September 28, 2001 7:09 PM
anyone have any other ideas?
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Friday, September 28, 2001 7:10 PM
Which Playland and which Coney Island?
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Friday, September 28, 2001 7:18 PM
Kennywood (I've got a Charles Jacque book on their park history)...I assume Rye's Playland and NYC's Coney since he mentioned Knoebel's, but Sethman's got a pretty extensive track record, so...
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Friday, September 28, 2001 7:20 PM
Riverview park in Chicago should definitely be one of the parks you choose for history.
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Friday, September 28, 2001 7:26 PM
yeah playland and Coney Island in NY, I unforunately haven't been there yet but I have heard so much about the history of the parks. I believe coney Island was greatly affected by WW2, but i was wondering if anyone has a good reference book or site that would supply loads of history about Coney Island.
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Friday, September 28, 2001 7:30 PM
I have heard about Riverview's killer woodie? what was the name of it?  I believe it was designed by Harry Traven.
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Friday, September 28, 2001 7:38 PM
hey Gatorwoodie what is the title of the Kennywood book? I have several sources on Kw and it is such a great park, so i might include it. I am also thinking about Lake compounce since it has struggled for a while(until the boulder) but i am not sure if I can find much info on it.
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Friday, September 28, 2001 7:52 PM
The one I have is called Kennywood: Roller Coaster Capital of the World (appears to be a 100-year retrospective, 1898-1998).  There were several books by the same author.  Mine has a picture of what I think is the "newly rebuilt" T-Bolt on the cover.  But the mention of Traver reminds me also of Crystal Beach (Ontario, I think).  Maybe look up information under the subject of "trolley parks"...good luck!
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Friday, September 28, 2001 7:54 PM
There is a video of Cedar Point that talks about its history through all the years. That would be good. Also, SCBB would prbably be good.
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Saturday, September 29, 2001 12:35 PM
does anyone know where i can find some good reliable info on now closed Riverview park in Chicago?
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Saturday, September 29, 2001 11:26 PM
sethman. Go to defunctparks.com and find info on Riverview. Also, their is a popular book titled "Riverview, Gone but not forgotten". Here is the link to purchase that book.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0911694072/jazzagechicago/107-1597978-2187762

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Sunday, September 30, 2001 8:53 AM
Sethman, I was wondering around on "another" coaster site, and found their history section.  It looked to be almost exactly what you were looking for, even has a special section on the evil genius that was... Harry Guy Traver.  PS, let us know how the essay turns out (maybe e-mail me a copy), you seem to be a VERY cool young man.
http://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/coasters/history/
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*** This post was edited by gatorwoodie on 9/30/2001. ***

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Sunday, September 30, 2001 10:04 AM
Much thanks to Chitown and Gatorwoodie, both places provide some excellent info. i appreciate your help. Also, at Defunctparks.com, i found some really interesting info about Norembaga Park in Auburndale , MA. I live about two minutes from the area and it amazes me that there was so much great history about the park. I wish the park was still standing because I would love to have a traditional park two minutes from me. It is such a perfect place to have a small park, placed right next to the water and filled with beautiful tree.
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Monday, October 1, 2001 5:48 AM
Check out the book "Hersheypark, the sweetness of success" by Charles Jaques (pardon if I got the name wrong... same author who wrote the book "Kennywood, Rollercoaster Capital of the World" mentioned above... along with a book on Westview).

Granted, today Hershey has entered the "corporate" world, but up until around the 1970's it fit the mold as a typical "traditional" park (come to think of it, most parks with a long history... prior to the 1970's... were "traditional" parks in their day.)

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Monday, October 1, 2001 9:21 AM
HP actually started as a gathering place for Hershey employees, sort of a picnic-park type thing...gradually Milton added rides to keep them coming back.  Now THAT'S the kind of "employee relations" that we need more of...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 8:15 AM
Check out Cedar Point's website for more info on their history (www.cedarpoint.com) and If I'm not mistaken, they've also got a book


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