on February 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM
This is fascinating stuff- and perfect timing, as I'm headed to the Boardwalk Inn this weekend! Knowing the history makes it such a richer experience. (Also, is it Frederic Thompson day or something? I just listened to a podcast today about this same story...)
on February 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM
What a fantastic article! Thanks so much!
on February 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM
on February 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM
Wow... I had no idea. Great stuff, Derek, thank you for sharing. I look forward to more of your theme park history lessons in the future!
on February 26, 2013 at 7:01 PM
Thanks for posting this! I hope "Theme Park History" becomes a recurring series on this site.
on February 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Thanks everyone for the kind words. For those who are interested, there is a bio on Fred Thompson written a few years back called "The Kid of Coney Island".
And yes, there will be more stories coming from the vault...so to speak. Stay tuned.
From 220.127.116.11 on February 27, 2013 at 3:36 AM
Cool article...Coney island was a cultural phenomenon that could only exist in turn of the century new York. Thousands of people would descend upon it on summer days to escape the city and have some fun. So many rides that we have today such as log flume, roller coasters, I've even seen a single horse race style coaster, much like knotts pony express done there. There was no place like Coney island and there never will be again. Steeplechase, dreamland, and Luna park were the 3 major Parks on Coney.
Coney island didn't inspire Disney, who drew most of his inspiration from Europe, but Coney was unique in its own right and its legacy survives in the many seaside parks that exist throughout the world and places like Paradise pier in DCA.
on February 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Finally got round to reading this. Great stuff.