National Amusement Park Historical Association: NAPHA CHRONICLE.

Below is a summary of the articles and reports that have appeared in NAPHA CHRONICLE, which features much more than can be detailed here. Issues 0—225 were called NAPHA News. This page has been made possible with the kind assistance of NAPHA.
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NAPHA NEWS 203.

NAPHA203[Magazine Vol.34/No.5: 2012. 22x28cm − 20 Pages − Full colour]. Chapter Points: Melbourne’s Luna Park is 100-years-old (a comprehensive 11-page feature detailing the park’s history, events, rides and attractions). Strange but true: airplanes crashing into amusement rides, etc. Kennywood’s Holiday Lights festivities. Haunting memories (photos: Ponchartrain Beach’s “The Haunted House” in 1980, and Bell’s Amusement Park’s “Phantasmagoria” in 1980). Hoffman’s Playland in New York celebrates 60th anniversary 1952-2012…; Letters to the editor. NAPHA Archives: two-seat roller coaster cars sitting on National Amusement Device’s factory floor waiting to be shipped, and the parts that make up a 1925 NAD miniature railway locomotive. [Front cover: Melbourne’s Luna Park face entrance. Back cover: The same face entrance illuminated at night]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 204.

NAPHA204[Magazine Vol.34/No.6: 2012. 22x28cm − 20 Pages − Full colour]. Chapter Points: Battersea Big Dipper (a 5-page feature +1972’s tragedy). NAPHA visits Zoombezi Bay, Carillon Park, EnterTrainment Junction, Kings Island and Stricker’s Grove. Chicago Riverview Park’s Aladdin’s Castle. Myrtle Beach Pavilion’s band organ 1900−. World’s Fair Chicago 1992 – what happened? Haunting memories (photos: Steeplechase Pier’s “The Haunted House” in 1983, and Old Orchard Beach’s “Ton of Fun” in the 1960s). Flashback to 1982: Cascade Park’s Circle Swing, The Canadian National Exhibition’s Flyer, Crystal Beach Park’s Giant Coaster, Idora Park’s Jack Rabbit, Geauga Lake Park’s Big Dipper, and Roseland Park’s Skyliner. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: John Miller’s 1930 cableway, a National Amusement Device steel roller coaster, and a 1918 PTC#45 carousel horse. [Front cover: Battersea Park’s Big Dipper in 1965. Back cover: Kennywood’s snow-covered Jack Rabbit in the 1980s]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 205.

NAPHA205[Magazine Vol.35/No.1: 2013. 22x28cm − 20 Pages − Full colour]. Chapter Points: Playland New York 1928-2013… (a 10-page feature). 1978’s Kennywood. 1913’s roller coasters (featuring: Euclid Beach Park in Ohio “Derby Racer,” Luna Park in West Virginia “Royal Giant Dips,” Colonial Park in Texas “Giant Dips,” Sandy Beach in Massachusetts “Cannon Ball,” Chilhowee Park in Tennessee “Figure Eight,” Redondo Beach in California “Lightning Racer,” Crescent Park in Rhode Island “Racing Coaster,” Idora Park in California “Race Thru The Clouds,” Easton Beach in Rhode Island “Scenic Railway”, and the “Scenic Coaster” at West End / Spanish Fort in Louisiana). Haunting memories of Arnolds Park’s Bug House. 1978’s roller coasters. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: 1927 sheltered rides scene in Peoria, Illinois (park unidentified), and a 1918 Cincinnati Zoo carousel horse. [Front cover: New York Playland’s Art Deco Music Tower in the 1930s. Back cover: Aerial view of New York Playland’s Dragon Coaster]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 206.

NAPHA206[Magazine Vol.35/No.2: 2013. 22x28cm − 20 Pages − Full colour]. Chapter Points: Chicago’s Sans Souci Park 1899-1930s (a 5-page feature). 1913 news: Midland Beach in New York =Circle Swing collapse, Coney Island Ohio =fire, Woodside Park in Pennsylvania =roller coaster rebuilt, Palisades Park in New Jersey =roller coaster collision, etc. La Ronde in 1978. 4 aerial photos: Denmark’s Bakken and Tivoli Gardens, Japan’s Hanayashiki Park, and Sweden’s Gröna Lund. New York Coney Island retrospect (a 2-page feature). 1953’s parks’ and movie news. Haunting memories (photos: Fairyland Park in Missouri “Fun House” and “Godzilla’s Den” facades in 1989). Anniversary roller coasters. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: 1951 Long Island Carousel, John Miller’s reversible boat, and Vol.35/No.1 unidentified park was “Fairground Park”. [Front cover: 1950s movie posters. Back cover: Sans Souci’s Loop-de-Loop roller coaster and fountain]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 207.

NAPHA207[Magazine Vol.35/No.3: 2013. 22x28cm − 20 Pages − Full colour]. Chapter Points: Kansas City’s Fairyland Park 1923-1977 (a 7-page feature). Feltman’s “Ziz” Scenic Railway. Roller coaster openings 1988. Revere Beach’s Musical Railway. Idora Park 1978. The Giggler – a 1913 walk-thru. Haunting memories (photos: Funtown USA’s “Haunted Castle” / “Laugh-in-the-Dark” in the 1950s, Marine Pier’s “Monster Den” in the 1960s, and Indian Point’s “House of Horror” in 1952). Remembering Atlantic City’s Trop World – the indoor amusement park 1988-1995. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: “Bubble Bounce” ride construction, and Lyric Theatre with “To Merry-Go-Round” sign (city unidentified). [Front cover: Fairyland’s new National Amusement Device Wildcat roller coaster in 1967. Back cover: Fairyland’s defunct Wildcat roller coaster in 1989]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 208.

NAPHA208[Magazine Vol.35/No.4: 2013. 22x28cm − 20 Pages − Full colour]. Chapter Points: Washington Park on the Delaware 1895-1913/14 (a 5-page feature). Riverview Chicago 1913 advertisements. Ocean Beach California 1923 +a new self-propelled Steeplechase-type ride. Camden Park is 110-years-old. Cedar Point’s Gatekeeper roller coaster. Bob-Lo Island’s Sky Streek roller coaster is 40-years-old – now operating as “Titan” at Selva Mágica in Mexico. Haunting memories (photos: Conneaut Lake Park’s “Fun House,” Kennywood’s “Bug House,” Edgewood Park’s “Temple of Mirth,” and Cedar Point’s “Tours of the World” facades). Cedar Point 1978 +photos. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: 1970s unidentified Carrousel +National Amusement Device figures. [Front cover: Cedar Point’s Gemini in 1978. Back cover: Camden Park’s Haunted House facade in 1981]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 209.

NAPHA209[Magazine Vol.35/No.5: 2013. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Dutch Wonderland celebrates 50 years of operation (a 5-page feature). A visit to the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair (Steeplechase Park’s GM, James J. Onorato’s diary entry). Carousels celebrating 100 years. Dorney Park’s “Thunderhawk” and Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s “Big Dipper” are 90-years-old (a 3-page feature). Carrousel identified (from Vol.35/No.4). 30 years ago: 1983 images showing 13 now-defunct wooden roller coasters. Haunting memories (photos: Riverview Park in Chicago “Hades,” Chutes Park’s in San Francisco “Hades” and “Devil’s Slide,” Happyland in Winnipeg “Hades”, and Venice Pier in California “Hades” in 1910). Dorney Park 35 years ago. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: 1925 view of Granada Amusement Park in Michigan, a 1925 Funhouse “Steeplechase” attraction, and a 1928 view of the “Pippin” roller coaster at Ocean View Park in Florida. [Front cover: A 1960s aerial view of Dorney Park. Back cover: Dutch Wonderland’s Sky Princess roller coaster in 1993]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 210.

NAPHA210[Magazine Vol.35/No.6: 2013. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Hungary’s Vidám Park closes (a 5-page feature). Adventureland’s Tornado is 35-years-old. Anniversaries: Lakeside =105, Quassy =105, Liseberg =90, and Drievliet =75. Knoebels’ Flying Turns gallery. Wartime at Coney Island’s Steeplechase Park 1942-1946. Haunting memories (photos: Mariner’s Landing walk-through “Funhouse” in 1996, New York Coney Island’s “Casa Macabra” in 1983, and Miracle Strip’s “Haunted House” in the 1970s). Crystal Beach Park 35 years ago. Members’ letters +Coney Island Ohio 1958 =“Land of Oz” flood. NAPHA Archives: a 1926 Tilt-A-Whirl with a John A. Miller connection, 1931 John A. Miller blueprint for the “Have A Laugh” / “Cave of the Winds” dark ride, a 1940s National Amusement Device single-seat kiddie coaster car, and a 1969 view from atop Euclid Beach Park’s Ferris wheel. [Front cover: Vidám Park’s Ferris wheel. Back cover: Festive greetings from NAPHA]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 211.

NAPHA211[Magazine Vol.36/No.1: 2014. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Was Steeplechase Park sold in 1904?. William F. Mangels’ Whip is 100-years-old. Roller coasters 100 years ago. Tivoli Gardens’ Rutschebanen is 100-years-old. 1944 = fire and flames (infernos at: Coney Island, Summit Beach, Elitch Gardens, Hunt’s Strand Theater, Central Park, Atlantic City Boardwalk, Ponchartrain Beach, Palisades Park, Whalom Park, and Lakewood Park). Carousels turning 100-years-old. National Concessions Co. 1906 “Whirling Star Ferris Wheel.” Haunting memories (photos: Palisades Park’s “Show Boat Fun House” in 1964, Waldameer Park’s “Fun In The Dark” in the 1950s, Petticoat Junction’s “Shady Rest Hotel” in 1981, Kings Island’s “Enchanted Voyage” in 1979, Dorney Park’s “Whacky Shack” in the 1960s, and Excelsior Lake’s “Fun House” in 1970). Roller coaster anniversaries. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: 1924–1925 views of Russell’s Point Ohio, National Amusement Device Century Flyer locomotive, and kiddie Ferris wheels. [Front cover: New York’s Steeplechase Park in 1904. Back cover: Aerial view of Kings Island’s Beast]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 212.

NAPHA212[Magazine Vol.36/No.2: 2014. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Arnolds Park (7 pages on the Iowa park celebrating 125 years of operation). Looking back to 1989. Roller coaster construction in 1989: Cedar Point’s Magnum XL-200, Valleyfair!’s Excalibur, Upper Clements Park’s Tree Topper, and Worlds of Fun’s Timber Wolf. Idora Park fire 30 years ago (2 pages on the Ohio park inferno). Haunting memories (photos: Fun Forest’s in Seattle “Flight To Mars” dark ride in 1989, and Hunts Pier’s “Skua” walk-through fun house). Roller coasters lost: Clyffside Park’s 1909 Dip the Dips, West End Park’s 1922 Big Dipper, and Terrapin Park’s 1909 Dazy Dazier Dip Coaster. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: 1927 John Miller ‘dodgem edifice’ at Rocky Glen Park in Pennsylvania, a 1975 reproduction carousel horse made for Marriott Great America, and National Amusement Device / Aurel Vaszin’s office. [Front cover: Arnolds Park’s Big Coaster in 1979. Back cover: a 1930s aerial view of Arnolds Park]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 213.

NAPHA213[Magazine Vol.36/No.3: 2014. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Saltair (5 pages on the Utah park, including their “Reverser” roller coaster). Dispensa’s “Kiddie Kingdom” 1984 auction. 1964 New York World’s Fair U.S. Royal Tires Ferris wheel. Coasting Thro’ Switzerland − New York Dreamland’s 1904 roller coaster. Stand-up coasting 30 years ago. Sydney’s Luna Park = 1979 fire. The Beatles: the pop group’s amusement park visits, etc. Haunting memories (photos: Casino Pier’s “Persian Kamel Fun House” in 1993, and Playland Park Illinois “Dee Crazee House” in the 1970s). Good / bad times (photos: Bayside Park 1931 tornado damages roller coaster, Junction Park in Pennsylvania 1913 flood submerges Figure-Eight, and Ocean View Park Virginia 1958 fire damages Skyrocket). Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: an early side-friction roller coaster car, 1928 image of John Miller, unidentified Merry-Go-Round in 1976, a “drive” for a fun house Roulette Wheel, and a Handicap Racer Car. [Front cover: Saltair’s Giant Racer and Circle Swing in the 1920s. Back cover: Saltair’s Carousel and Giant Racer in 1934]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 214.

NAPHA214[Magazine Vol.36/No.4: 2014. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Lost parks of Jacksonville, Florida (5 pages: +Pablo Beach / Little Coney Island, Dixieland Amusement Park, The Florida Midwinter International Exposition, Ocean View Park, Reid’s Playland, and Riverview Park). John C. Allen: roller coaster designer. Flashback to 1984: roller coaster news from 30 years ago. Coney Island and Dreamland’s “The Submarine Boat” ride in 1904. Chicago Riverview Park’s “Flying Cars” ride. Haunting memories (photos: Keansburg’s “Maze Craze” in 1983, and Rocky Point Park’s “House of Horrors” in 1983). Roller coasters lost: +San Francisco’s Mid-Winter Exposition in 1894, the Bass Point Scenic Railway in 1911, and Roton Point’s Tango Dip in 1914. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: John A. Miller’s “The House That Jack Built” in an unknown location, an International Amusement Device roller coaster car, and a John A. Miller airplane circle swing and picnic pavilion. [Front cover: Dixieland Amusement Park in 1907. Back cover: Pippin coaster at Ocean View Park in Florida]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 215.

NAPHA215[Magazine Vol.36/No.5: 2014. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: NAPHA visits Knoebels, Dutch Wonderland and Hersheypark. News from 1994. Coney Island’s Steeplechase Park – the final chapter. John Miller’s T-Bar Rail: Miller’s 1922 patent +Riverside Park Indianapolis’ “Skyrocket” fatality. Shaw’s Elevator and Channel Chute is the 1889 roller coaster that surrounded Coney Island’s Elephant Hotel. Haunting memories (photos: Chippewa Lake Park’s “Zombie” fun house in the 1940s, Marshall Hall’s “Laff In The Dark” in the 1970s, Rockaways’ Playland’s “Laff In The Dark” in 1983, Playland-at-the-Beach’s “Laff In The Dark” in the 1950s, and Geauga Lake Park’s “Fun House” in the 1960s). Good / bad times: Cincinnati’s Coney Island 1937 flood, Seaside Heights’ 1955 fire, and Whalom Park 1924 tornado damages park. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: John Miller’s “picnic deck” at Meyers Lake Park, an unidentified roller coaster station in Pittsburgh(?), unidentified Carousel, and the roller coaster at Riverside Park in Winnipeg. [Front cover: Knoebels’ Flying Turns. Back cover: Members at Knoebels]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 216.

NAPHA216[Magazine Vol.36/No.6: 2014. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Springbrook / Playland (a 5-page feature about the Indiana park). 1960s Geauga Lake Park. Jolly Roger: 50 years of the Maryland park. Scenic Railways (photos: Liseberg’s Bergbanan, and the Scenic Railway at Berlin’s Luna Park). Four-In-One-Wheel: William W. De Vore’s 1905 patent. Geauga Lake Park’s Sky Rocket > Clipper > Big Dipper. The Comet at Fair Park, Dallas 1947–1989. Haunting memories (photos: Petticoat Junction’s “Magic Carpet”, Paragon Park’s “Jig Saw”, Elitch Gardens’ “Haunted House”, Springlake Park’s “Ride ‘N Laff”, and Crystal Beach Park’s “Fun House”). Roller coasters lost: Lake George Amusement Park in Indiana =Figure 8, Little Coney Island in New Jersey =Double Racer, and Ringing Rocks in Pennsylvania =roller coaster. Members’ letters. NAPHA Archives: “Whip” ride at Hazle Park in Pennsylvania, Miniature Train at Excelsior Park in Minnesota, John Miller’s ‘Swirling Rapids’ ride concept, and Lake Worth Texas roller coaster in 1927. [Front cover: 1960s Geauga Lake Park. Back cover: snow-covered Coney Island New York]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 217.

NAPHA217[Magazine Vol.37/No.1: 2015. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Minniecon II: members visit the Mall of America, St. Paul’s Como Park, Valleyfair! and the Minnesota State Fair. Flashback to 1905: news from Brandywine Springs in Delaware, Boyd Park in Indiana, Goguac Lake Park in Michigan, Ocean View Park in Virginia, Vinewood Park in Kansas, Turbania Park in Michigan, Indianola Park in Ohio, Brighton Beach in New York, Dreamland in Illinois, and Fairview Park in Ohio. Ice Slides at China’s Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Same roller coaster: Ohio’s Moxahala Park’s ‘Coaster’ > Americana’s ‘Screechin’ Eagle’. International Amusements: ‘Fahrt Zum Mars’ Hanover in 1960, Winnipeg Beach Manitoba ‘Jack Rabbit’ in the 1960s, Luna Park Antwerp ‘Scenic Railway’ in 1930, and Battersea Park London ‘Water Chute’ in 1960. Laff in the Dark (photos: Luna Park in New York, Electric Park in Missouri, and Ocean View Park in Virginia − all at night). Roller coasters forgotten: Forest Park in Kansas, Celoron Park in New York, Woodland Park in Kansas, and Oak Park in West Virginia. Editor’s page − Tower of “Babble”. Image potpourri: the lost parks of Ohio. [Front and back covers: Harbin Ice and Snow Festival]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 218.

NAPHA218[Magazine Vol.37/No.2: 2015. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Luna Park > Mousette Park (5 pages about the Canadian park). Coney Island’s Rough Riders: the roller coaster’s turbulent history. Flashback to 1915: Palace Gardens’ Trip Thru The Clouds, Waldameer Park’s Scenic Railway, Park Island’s Thriller, Panama-Pacific Exposition’s Safety Racer, and storm damage at Lagoon Park in Kentucky. Knoebels’ Carousel Mystery Solved. Lagoon/Kennywood tie-in − how Lagoon’s ‘Speedway’ kick-started Kennywood’s ‘Turnpike’. California’s Ocean Park Fire 1915: Ben Hur Racer razed. Same roller coaster: Kiddytown’s ‘Little Dipper’ > Little Amerricka’s ‘Meteor’. International Amusements: Luna Park Leipzig ‘Scenic Railway’ in 1915, an early ‘Circle Swing’ in Japan 1922?, a ‘Bicycle Carousel’ in Dresden 1907, and an International Exhibition ‘Le Double Toboggan’ in France 1909. Laff In The Dark (photos: Luna Park New York, Myrtle Beach Pavilion, Wildwood, and Waldameer Park − all at night). Roller coasters forgotten: Los Angeles Ostrich Farm in California, Cabin John Bridge in Maryland, Tuscora Park in Ohio, and Beach Park in Virginia. Editor’s page − Tower of “Babble”. Image potpourri: the lost parks of New York. [Front cover: Knoebels’ Phoenix in 1993. Back cover: Knoebels’ Grand Carousel in 2009]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 219.

NAPHA219[Magazine Vol.37/No.3: 2015. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Boardwalk Park was a short-lived Indiana amusement park. Iowa State Fairground’s early attractions. 1925 was a very good year – new parks/rides +Venice Pier’s Chinese Dragon Bamboo Slide, and New York Coney Island’s Thunderbolt and Teeter Coaster. Looking back to 1990: news from 25-years-ago. International Amusements (photos: a Shoot-the-Chutes in Japan in 1960?, Rodelbahn Scenic coaster in Germany during the early 1930s, a Scenic Railway at Luna Park/Exposition de Bruxelles in 1910, and a bicycle-type Merry-Go-Round in Dakar, West Africa). Laff in the Dark (night time photos: Palisades Park’s Frolic ride, the illuminated entrance to Lakeside Park’s Velvet Coaster in 1908, Maryland’s Playland Park +their Roller Coaster/Hurricane, and Buckroe Beach’s Ferris Wheel, Dips, and Cascades Mill Chute during the 1960s). Roller coasters forgotten: Sulphur Springs’ “Figure Eight” in Florida, Crystal Beach Park’s “Figure 8”, Rye Beach’s “Kentucky Thoroughbred”, and the “Giant Roller Coaster” at Newton Lake Park in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Editor’s page +“Stella” the Tango Girl ride of 1917. Image potpourri: the lost parks of Illinois. [Front cover: A view from the front seat of New York’s Coney Island Thunderbolt in 1925. Back cover: The turnaround of the La Montana Rusa in Chapultepec Park in 1990]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 220.

NAPHA220[Magazine Vol.37/No.4: 2015. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Atlantic City ­– Thompson’s Safety Racer and Scenic Railway +Rendezvous Park. Follow-up to Boardwalk Park (continuing from Vol.37/No.3, with Merryland Park in Indiana). Looking back to 1935 +Chester Park rides for sale, Rexford Park razed, Euclid Beach Park ads Surprise House, Kennywood ads Teddy Bear Coaster, etc. Bygone amusements (photos: Haunted House at Six Flags Over Mid-America, Barnstormer at Worlds of Fun, Roller Coaster at Joyland in Kansas, Zingo at Bell’s, Phantastic Coaster at Indian Nations in Oklahoma, Springlake Park’s Big Dipper, The Cave at Six Flags Over Texas, Fair Park Dallas’ Comet, The Rocket at Playland in Texas, Zephyr at Ponchartrain Beach, and Zippin Pippin at Libertyland). NAPHA visits Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay. International Amusements (photos: Figure-Eight at Luna Park in Rimini 1935, Hugo Haase Figur 8 Bahn in Dresden 1916, Water Chute in Dublin 1907, and Le Grand Huit in Lyon 1914). Laff in the Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten (photos: Bay Shore’s Dixie Flier, Beechwood Park’s Figure Eight, Edgewood Park’s School of Mines, and Clyde White City’s Figure Eight). Editor’s page. Image Potpourri: the lost parks of California. [Front cover: Texas Cyclone at Six Flags AstroWorld in 1980. Back cover: The Haunted House at Ponchartrain Beach in 1980]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 221.

NAPHA_221[Magazine Vol.37/No.5: 2015. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Devil-themed coasters (photos/facts: “Red Devil Rider” at New York Coney Island, “The Devil” at Savin Rock, “Dare-Devil” coasters at Granada Park and Palisades Park, “Red Devil” coasters at Summit Beach Park and Olentangy Park and at Ghost Town in the Sky, “Devil’s Backbone” at Gordon State Park, “Red Devil/Green Dragon” racer at Neptune Beach, “Flying Daredevil” at Circus World, “El Diablo” at Six Flags Great Adventure, and “Dare Devil Dive” at Six Flags Over Georgia). Amusement / Halloween images. Union Park in Dubuque, Iowa – 1891 to 1934. Looking back to 1945 +Celoron Park Greyhound remodelled, Lincoln Park Cyclone built, Oaks Park adds Whirlwind coaster, Coney Island Cincinnati floods again, etc. New York Coney Island – 1880 reports of a flying human-like apparition. International Amusements (photos: Scenic Railway at the Casino de La Rabassada 1912, Figure 8 Bahn in Dresden 1920, Tickler, Cake-Walk and coasters at the Exposition de Bruxelles 1910, and der Grottenbach at Hugo Haase Park in Hamburg). Laff in the Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten (photos from: Hyde Park Oklahoma, Lakeside Park Missouri, Rothschild Park Wisconsin, and White City Arkansas). Editor’s page. Image Potpourri: the lost parks of Pennsylvania. [Front cover: Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. Back cover: GhostRider at Knott’s Berry Farm]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 222.

NAPHA222[Magazine Vol.37/No.6: 2015. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Frank Woolston Darling 1872–1952 (a 5-page feature about the amusement park pioneer). NAPHA visits Iowa +Boji Bay Funhouse, Arnolds Park and the Iowa State Fair. Looking back to 1955 +Patty Conklin sells Sunnyside Park’s carousel to Disneyland, Disneyland opens, Paragon Park’s Hilarity Funhouse and Derby Racer fire, Kennywood extends their Dipper roller coaster, Allan Herschell company debut their Twister ride, New York Coney Island’s Spook-A-Rama dark ride opens, Mission Beach / Belmont Park roller coaster fire and employee fatality, etc.). Backety-Back roller coasters – now and then (1904= Backety-Back Pleasure Railway > 2015= ZDT’s Switchback). International Amusements (photos: Switchback Railway at Scheveningen Holland 1910, Scenic Railway at the Paris Exposition 1931, Water Chute at the Exposition Internationale de Tourcoing 1906, and a side-friction coaster at Montjuic Barcelona in 1970). Laff in the Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten (photos from: Lake Michigan Park, Crystal Beach in Ohio, White City in Idaho, and Lakemont Park in Petersburg, Virginia). Editor’s page − Tower of “Babble”. Image Potpourri: the lost parks of Texas. [Front cover: An aerial view of Switchback at ZDT’s Amusement Park. Back cover: Night time view of the Riverview Carousel at Six Flags Over Georgia]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 223.

NAPHA223[Magazine Vol.38/No.1: 2016. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Silver Lake Park 1874–1917 (5 pages about the Ohio park). The Deluge – Herbert A. Bradwell/Electric Scenic Productions’ stage show at Coney Island New York (2 pages). Paragon Park’s treasures – other than coasters and carousels (2 pages featuring: Dragon Gondola, Klondike, Fun Factory, Johnstown Flood attraction, Old Mill, Witching Waves, Trip to the North Pole, Circle Swing, Virginia Reel, Frolic, Hey Dey, Whip, Lindy Loop, Caterpillar and the Flying Scooters). Looking back to 1906 (news). Haunting memories (photos: “Laff-In-The-Dark” at the 1939/40 New York World’s Fair, “Spook Town” at Chicago’s Riverview Park, a dark ride at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and “Crazy House” at Joyland Park in Kentucky). Farcical Frivolity (+“Famous Roller Coasters” postcard series from Allen & Ginters, Leave It To Beaver cast ‘ride’ the Cyclone Racer, etc.). International Amusements (photos: Hugo Haase coaster at Bad Durkheim in 1953, Ferris wheel in 1960s Moscow, a crude Ferris wheel in 1929 Palestine, and the Cyclone coaster at the Brussels Exposition of 1935). Laff in the Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten (photos from: Riverside Park in Iowa, Cotton Palace Exposition in Texas, Pine Lake in New York, and the South Dakota State Fair). Editor’s page − Tower of “Babble”. Bizarre Amusements (ride oddities). [Front cover: The Pike’s Peak Railway at Coney Island New York. Back cover: Coaster at Electric Park/Kinderhook Park in New York]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 224.

NAPHA224[Magazine Vol.38/No.2: 2016. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Forest Park – 1903-1912 (7 pages about the Missouri park). Ride Like the Wind (photos of ‘wind-in-your-face’ rides). Good / bad times (photos: Rockaways’ Playland in 1984 =open / 1986 =derelict, Coney Island’s Luna Park before 1944 fire / after 1944 fire, and Celebration City’s Ozark Wildcat after construction / during 2015 razing). Looking back to 1916 (news). Haunting memories (photos: “Myth City” at Dominion Park in Montreal, “One Thousand And One Troubles” at Riverview Park in Iowa, “Pretzel” dark ride at Benit’s Amusement Park in Iowa, and “Third Degree” walk-through at Revere Beach in Massachusetts). Giggles and Grins – Coney Island oddities including the Coney Island “Land Sharks”. International Amusements (photos: Belle Vue Manchester’s “Ghost Train”, “Hell O! The Naughty Devil’s Delight” dark ride at the 1913 Liverpool Exhibition, “Kettenkarussell” in Neugersdorf, and the “Switchback Railway” in Paris 1910). Laff in the Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten (featuring Idle Hour Park in Kansas, Bushkill Park in Pennsylvania, Meridell Park in Idaho, and Bloomsbury Park in North Carolina). Editor’s page − Tower of “Babble” +the Fakoba “Mini Achterbahn” looping coaster recently seen travelling through Switzerland. Bizarre Amusements +the Missouri Mule and the Roc-O-Wheel. [Front cover: Forest Park in Missouri. Back cover: Entrance to the Derby Racer roller coaster at Glen Echo Park in Maryland]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA NEWS 225.

NAPHA225[Magazine Vol.38/No.3: 2016. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: L.L. Custer “Zoomer” (1 page: the 1926 “Zoomer” at Euclid Beach Park). Harry Traver’s “Trick Coaster” (2 pages: the 1925 Jazz Railway at Rocky Glen Park). Bygone amusements (coaster photos from 1981: Skyliner at Fair Park, Comet at Funway Park, Starliner at Miracle Strip, Tornado at Petticoat Junction, Bat at Kings Island, Roaring Tiger at Circus World, Shooting Star at Lakeside Park, These United States at Sun Fun, Dips at Buckroe Beach, and Big Beast at Edgewater Park). Odds and Ends (4 pages: the rides of Osteria Ai Pioppi in Italy, Wunderland Kalkar in Germany, Salina Turda in Romania, the ‘House Tour’ roller coaster in the Netherlands, and other proposed parks and rides). Looking back to 1926 (a snapshot of coasters opening that year). Haunting memories (photos: “Foolish House” at Ontario Beach Park, “Bug House” at Riverview Park in Chicago, “Fatal Wedding” at Wonderland Park in Massachusetts, and the “Noah’s Ark” and “Rainbow Wheel” at Blackpool Pleasure Beach). Skyscrapers… New and Old (The proposed Skyplex Orlando and the Skyscraper coaster at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair). International Amusements (photos: “Le Toboggan” at the 1902 France Exposition, “Airplane Tower” in Japan, “Zeppelins” ride in 1960s Germany, and the “Rutschbahn” / “Dip the Dips” in Vergnugungs Park in Germany 1913). Laff in the Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten (a 1908 “Figure 8” near Niagara Falls, Asbury Park’s “Trip To The Clouds”, Nolan’s Point’s “Cyclone”, and the “Big Dipper” in New Orleans). Editor’s page. Image potpourri: the lost parks of Massachusetts. [Front cover: The Bobs at Coney Island. Back cover: The Bobs during its 1926 debut]. [visit NAPHA]

NAPHA CHRONICLE 226.

napha226[Magazine Vol.38/No.4: 2016. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Rainbow Pleasure Wheel (3 pages: Arthur Stott’s 1911 patent for an ‘Endless Pleasure Railway’ and the installations at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Spanish City at Whitley Bay). Looking back to 1936 (a snapshot of news, rides and coasters opening that year). Through the Years at Salisbury Beach (+the Giant Thriller, Skyrocket, Wildcat and Comet coasters). What is it? (2-page picture puzzle). Good / bad times (photos: Michigan’s AutoWorld in 1984 =open / 1997 =demolished, Roller Coaster at Joyland in Kansas in 1980 / Roller Coaster demolition in 2015, and Pomona County Fairgrounds in 1955 / Ferris Wheel rescue during 1956 incident). 1926 Coney Island property sold (details how the Giant Racer’s plot made way for the Cyclone). Haunting memories (photos: “Dead of Night” at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1982, “Laff-in-the-Dark” at Rocky Springs Park, “Monster’s Den” at Lakemont Park, and the dark ride at Martha Pera Woodward’s Park in 1982). Amusement parks’ anniversaries. International Amusements (photos: “Scenic Railway” at Luna Park Berlin in 1910, wooden coaster at Luna Park Rotterdam in the 1920s, “Montagnes Russes” operating on a Paris street in 1925, and “Kunstilche Gebirgsbahn” at Amerikanischer Vergnugungspark Germany in 1908). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten (the “Bomber” at Rainbow Gardens, Stock’s Scenic Amusement Park’s “Scenic Toboggan”, Keuka Lake Park’s “Figure 8”, and the “Brandywine Express” / “Main Line Express” at Main Line Park). Editor’s page. Image potpourri: the lost parks of New Jersey. [Front cover: The Wildcat at Elitch Gardens in 1990. Back cover: An elevated view of the Dips coaster at the West Virginia State Fair]. [visit NAPHA]

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napha227[Magazine Vol.38/No.5: 2016. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: The Steeplechase (13 pages: a comprehensive feature detailing Steeplechase rides and Steeplechase ride variants from 1816 Paris, to John William Cawdrey’s Grand National Gravity Switchback Railway, George Cornelius Tilyou’s Steeplechase at Coney Island, J.W. Daniels’ Electric Race Horse Carousel, and other Steeplechase rides around the world…  up to 1975 when the Arrow Development Company sold Steeplechase-like rides to Knott’s Berry Farm and Blackpool Pleasure Beach). George C. Tilyou’s Pavilion of Fun – Its Demise Fifty Years Ago (a 2-page insight). Editor’s page − Tower of “Babble” +in keeping with the theme of this issue, Jim Abbate shares his knowledge of the 20th Century Engineering Company’s rider-powered “Champ” ride. Image potpourri: how, in 1905 and 1906, various Chute-the-Chutes rides were used to demonstrate the controllability of the modern automobile. [Front cover: The Steeplechase ride at Coney Island’s Steeplechase Park in 1960. Back cover: The same Steeplechase ride at Pirates World, Florida in 1967]. [visit NAPHA]

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napha228[Magazine Vol.38/No.6: 2016. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Sauter’s Park (3 pages: three amusement parks – Mannion’s Park, Sauter’s Park and Downs Amusement Park – occupied the same property in St. Louis between 1896 and the 1950s). Looking back to 1946 (news: parks and coasters opening and closing that year). The Aerobat (1 page: Bernard B. Pewitt’s Vertical And Horizontal Axis Roundabout). People of the Parks – Nick Paradise (3 pages: Kennywood’s Director of Public Relations discusses his life, interests and his experiences at Kennywood). Good / bad times (photos: San Francisco’s Chutes Park in 1909 / 1911 Chutes Park fire aftermath, Kennywood’s Ghost Ship dark ride in 1967 / 1975 Ghost Ship engulfed in flames, and Willow Grove Airships ride / the same ride in flames). Miss Rockaway – The Summer Girl of the Rockaways (1 page: the colossal “Miss Rockaway” figurehead constructed at L.A. Thompson Park in 1923). Haunting Memories (photos: “Bluebeard’s Palace” at Revere Beach in Massachusetts, “Katzenjammer Castle” at Wildwood in Minnesota, “Crazy Crystals” mirror maze at Palisades Park in New Jersey, and the “House of Nemo” walk-through at Electric Park in Detroit). George Francis Myers’ 1902 Cannon Coaster (1 page: including the 1903 “Leap The Gap” coaster). International Amusements (photos: Ferris wheel in Nizhny-Novgorod in 1902, Caterpillar, Ferris wheel and roller coaster at Luna Park Hong Kong in 1950, Mystery Room at Gorky Park in the 1930s, and a wooden Ferris wheel at Schaukeln Park Bosnia in 1910). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten: Washington Park’s “Figure Eight”, Lake Manawa’s “Figure 8”, East End Park’s “Figure Eight” in Tennessee, and the “Figure Eight” at Lakeside Park in New York. Editor’s page. Image potpourri: the lost parks of Michigan. [Front cover: Circle Swing at Geauga Lake Park in 1946. Back cover: Million Dollar Coaster at Rocky Glen Park]. [visit NAPHA]

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NAPHA229[Magazine Vol.39/No.1: 2017. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Central Park in San Francisco (3 pages about the amusement park which also saw the location of George Cornelius Tilyou’s second Steeplechase ride). Looking back to 1907 (news: a sample of parks and coasters opening that year). Coney Island – Steeplechase Park Fire (2 pages reporting on the inferno of Sunday, 28 July, 1907). Hurdle Autos at Chutes Park in Chicago (1 page: the Hurdle Autos automobile ride of 1907). Good / bad times (photos: Florida beach amusement area / 1964 Florida beach Ferris wheel damaged by Hurricane Dora, Edgewater Park’s roller coaster / 1955 coaster and rides in flames, and Ferris wheel at Dinosaur Planet Park in Bangkok / 2016 cabin atop Ferris wheel in flames following a thunderstorm). Over the Great Divide (the 1907 Scenic Railway at Dreamland in Coney Island, including details of the 1907 derailment). Haunting Memories (photos: “The House That Jack Built” at Crystal Beach in Ontario, “House of Mystery” at Excelsior Park in Minnesota, “Laff in the Dark” at Cincinnati’s Coney Island, and “Casper’s Ghostland” at Palisades Park in New Jersey). White City at Chestnut Hill (1 page: details of the 1907 electrical storm that set fire to the Pennsylvania amusement park’s roller coaster). International Amusements (photos: children’s roundabout in France in 1910, Switchback at Ocean Beach in Durban, South Africa in 1906, a wooden balancing wheel / Ferris wheel in North Africa in 1908, and the Geister Schloss at Wiener Prater Park in 1955). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten: Virginia Beach’s “Flying Skyscraper,” Dolles Park’s “Whirlwind,” Venice Pier’s “Scenic Railway,” and the “Sky Rocket” at Waverly Beach in Wisconsin. Editor’s page (Jim Abbate details the lineage of the IAAPA organization). Image potpourri: the old parks and rides of Missouri. [Front cover: 1907 Shoot-the-Chutes at Vanity Fair. Back cover: 1907 World’s Greatest Scenic Railway at Rock Springs Park]. [visit NAPHA]

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NAPHA230[Magazine Vol.39/No.2: 2017. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Mountain Ride – Detroit (1 page: the Ingersoll-Gaukler Co. castle-themed roller coaster of 1914). Lake Woods Park (2 pages about the short-lived amusement park located in Gary, Indiana). Looking back to 1917 (news: a sample of parks, coasters and other attractions opening that year). People of the Parks – Adrianne White Rhodes (2 pages: Lake Winnepesaukah’s owner talks about her park, its history, her family and the future). Farcical Frivolity (1 page: amusement park humour and oddities). Good / bad times (photos: Sky Rocket roller coaster at Ocean View Park / Rocket coaster partially razed following filming of the 1978 movie “The Death Of Ocean View Park”, Four Mile Creek’s roller coaster / coaster damaged by 1915 flood, Fontaine Ferry Park’s Velvet Racer triple-racing coaster / Velvet Racer damaged during 1937 flood). Edgewater Park – Through the Years (1 page detailing the park’s single wooden coaster and its many name changes). Haunting Memories (photos: “Hilarity Hall” at Summit Beach Park in Ohio, “Laughing Gallery” at Wheeling Park in West Virginia, “Pretzel Ride” at Toledo Beach in Ohio, and “Fun House” at White City in Massachusetts). Revere Beach – Gulliver’s Travels (1 page about the 1921 walk-through attraction). International Amusements (photos: recreation ground in Port Said, Egypt in 1915, Autobaan ride in the Netherlands during the 1950s, Crazy House at Butlin’s Amusement Park in Felixstowe, and roller coaster and Helter Skelter at Fun City in Edinburgh during the 1930s). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten: Orcutt Lake Park’s roller coaster, Maple Leaf Park’s “Figure Eight,” Idlewild Park’s (formerly Roseville Park) “Figure Eight,” and the “Wildcat” at Hershey Park. Editor’s page (Jim Abbate reflects on his amusement park enthusiasm of 40 years ago). Brian Butko’s book “Kennywood Behind The Screams” (advertisement). [Front cover: The Big Beast at Edgewater Park in 1981. Back cover: Aerial view of the Cannon Ball roller coaster at Lake Winnepesaukah]. [visit NAPHA]

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[Magazine Vol.39/No.3: 2017. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Krug Park ­– Omaha, Nebraska (a 5-page feature about the amusement park’s rides and attractions, including the 1930 Big Dipper roller coaster derailment). Looking back to 1927 (2 pages: ­roller coasters opening that year). Amusement Park Anniversaries: Tuscora Park in Ohio =110, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California =110, Clementon Lake Park in New Jersey =110, Hersheypark in Pennsylvania =110, Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire =115, Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania =125, and Bay Beach in Wisconsin =125 years-old. Good / bad times (photos: 1909 Whirlwind roller coaster at Coney Island / Whirlwind meets its demise during the 1911 Dreamland fire, Rock Springs’ Old Mill / Old Mill destroyed during 1915 fire, Frederick Road Park’s Dips roller coaster / Dips damaged during 1923 fire). Haunting Memories (photos: “Fun Factory” at Cincinnati’s Coney Island in Ohio, “Buster Brown’s Castle” at Melville Park in New Jersey, “Laff In The Dark” at Ponchartrain Beach in New Orleans, and “Bug House” at Crystal Beach Park in Ontario). Giggles and Grins – amusement park humour and oddities. International Amusements (photos: Prater Park’s “Sport Automobile Caroussel”, Bi-plane “Circle Swing” at an unidentified park in Japan during the 1920s, “Figure Eight” roller coaster and pier at Skegness, and a “Figure Eight” coaster at Luna Park in Bucharest during the 1910s). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten: Shellpot Park’s “Wildcat,” Pleasure Island Amusement Zone’s (Port Arthur, Texas) 1913 roller coaster, Starlight Park’s “Giant Coaster”, and the “Figure Eight” at Tuscora Park. Editor’s page (Coney Island’s Cyclone turns 90 this year, with this in mind, Jim Abbate details the five longest operating roller coasters at New York’s Coney Island). NAPHA visited England in 1992 (1 page: photos and observations from 25 years ago). [Front cover: The Ultimate at Lightwater Valley. Back cover: An on-ride look of the Rocket roller coaster at Ocean View Park]. [visit NAPHA]

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[Magazine Vol.39/No.4: 2017. 22x28cm – 20 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Chicago’s Riverview… a half-century ago (a 5-page feature charting the good-times and end-times of Riverview Park that closed 50 years ago). The Whirl-Fly (2 pages: William D. Cronin’s ‘Novel Cycloidal Pleasure Railway’ and similar attractions and patents). Jus’ Down the Street (1 page: Three featured coasters pictured at the ‘end of the street’). Good / bad times (photos: Chutes ride at Riverview Park in Des Moines /  Chutes ride being demolished in 1978, Blackbeard’s Castle at Buckroe Beach / Bluebeard’s Castle deserted and overgrown with weeds in 1985, Redondo Beach’s Lightning Racer / Lightning Racer severely damaged following March 1915 storm). Looking back to 1937 (news: rides and coasters opening that year). Haunting Memories (photos: “Joyland” funhouse at Riverview Beach Park in New Jersey, “Haunted House” at West View Park in Pennsylvania, “The Wreck of the Hesperus” dark ride at Pleasure Island in Massachusetts, and the “Polarama” Pretzel dark ride at Clementon Park in New Jersey). John A. Miller’s Racing Monorail Coaster – Monterrey, Mexico (1 page). International Amusements (photos: Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s “Virginia Reel”, an illuminated “Scenic Railway” at Barry Island in Wales, a rooftop Ferris Wheel and Miniature Train in Japan in the 1960s, and “Montagne Russe” operating in Torino, Italy in 1908). Fun-in-the-Dark – night time photos. Roller coasters forgotten: Luna Park’s “Royal Giant Dips Coaster” in West Virginia, L.A.Thompson “Russian Railway / “Scenic Railway” / “Breezer” at Ontario Beach Park in New York, “Willow Grove Park’s “Coal Mine & Additional Scenic Railway”, and John A. Miller’s “Triple Racing Coaster” at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. Editor’s page (Jim Abbate reminisces about Wisconsin Dells‘ Familyland). A Step Back in Time to 1982 (1 page: photos and observations from 35 years ago). [Front cover: Illuminated façade of Aladdin’s Castle at Chicago’s Riverview Park. Back cover: Aladdin’s Castle lit at night, with the Pair-O-Chutes tower in silhouette]. [visit NAPHA]