Published: February 26, 2013 at 5:37 PMThis 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...)
Published: February 26, 2013 at 5:58 PMExcellent article.
Published: February 26, 2013 at 6:25 PMWow... 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!
Published: February 26, 2013 at 7:01 PMThanks for posting this! I hope "Theme Park History" becomes a recurring series on this site.
Published: February 27, 2013 at 2:27 PMThanks 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.
Published: February 27, 2013 at 3:36 AMCool 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.
Published: February 27, 2013 at 11:01 AMFinally got round to reading this. Great stuff.