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  1. Amusement Park Disasters

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    July 17, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

    Typically, when we hear about amusement park disasters today, they concern freak accidents on thrill rides. But many disasters in …
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  2. Elitch Gardens: 1960 through Today

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    July 3, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

    Along with all the changes to American life in the 1960s came changes to Elitch Gardens. They readily responded to …
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  3. The Trocadero Ballroom

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    May 22, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

    Although Mary Elitch Long had frowned on public dancing, changes occurred when John Mulvihill bought Elitch Gardens in 1916. Once …
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  4. Elitch Gardens: 1900-1960

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    May 1, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

    Today, May 1, 2016 is the 125th anniversary of the first opening day at Elitch Gardens. Happy Anniversary, Elitch’s!!  I’ve …
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  5. Carousel Number 6

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    April 17, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

    Carousel Number 6, the sixth carousel produced by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, was purchased by Tom and Mary Long for …
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  6. Roller Coasters–The Golden Age and Beyond

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    March 27, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

    This week, I continue my exploration of roller coasters as we move from early coaster history through the golden age …
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  7. Roller Coasters–Early History

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    March 20, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

    Roller coasters originated in Russia as ice slides. According to some experts, these appeared in St. Petersburg as early as …
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  8. Carousel History

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    March 13, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

    Carousels were important features at many early amusement parks, Elitch Gardens included. The popular ride originated in a traditional game …
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  9. Launching Stars

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    March 6, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

       Many later-famous actors got their starts in summer stock theatre. Summer Stock refers to a company with a set …
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  10. The Animals of Early Elitch Gardens

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    January 30, 2015 by Pamela Nowak

    During its first decades of operation, Elitch’s Gardens was renowned for its animal menagerie. This was due not only to …
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