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Posted 02/04/2017   02:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This topic seems like it might be a lot of fun. There are amusement parks all over the world and I'm sure they show up on a lot of postcards. Many early parks started out as bath houses, such as Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. I have a couple foldout cards from when it was primarily a lakeside resort. By the 1920s, the park had a roller coaster and several other rides. One of these wooden coasters is still in operation after more than a century.









The White City Amusement Park in Chicago was built on the remains of the 1893 Columbian Exposition. I'm not sure how long it lasted.



Coney Island is, of course, still going strong. Luna Park was one of three amusement parks that were running at its peak. It was destroyed in a fire in 1944.



Oaks Park in Portland, OR is is one of the oldest amusement parks still in operation, though relatively small by Six Flags standards. The Chutes are gone, but the grand wooden roller rink is still around, along with the 1913 carousel.



Bath houses up next ...
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Posted 02/08/2017   12:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And here are some bath houses. Two from sunny California and one from the Great Salt Lake. Bath houses were almost always associated with beaches and often had lavish exteriors to attract customers. I don't have any interior shots -- it would be interesting to see what they looked like inside.





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Merry-go-round, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.


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Crescent Park, Rhode Island. I do have memories as a child
of being here.




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Posted 07/13/2018   11:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I found one recently that appears to be an amusement park, but I'm not certain. Does anyone know about this place?

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My uncle was with the Fire Dept. at the Luna Park Fire that destroyed it.
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My uncle was with the Fire Dept. at the Luna Park Fire that destroyed it.


Wow -- that was quite a few years ago and quite a big fire!
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White City was one of the large amusement parks that operated in Indianapolis early in the 20th century. I have presented a description of the park along with this image at Flickr. Follow this link to visit that Flickr page.

https://flic.kr/p/pPfrAF

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Has anyone else had occasion to read Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle Over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W Wolcott ?

Quite the read. There was much more going on than I remember ever knew.

http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15035.html

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