With the announcement of the start of construction of a new pier at Rocky Point State Park, let’s take a look back at vital role that piers, wharfs and docks played at the former Rocky Point amusement park over the decades.
Rocky Point’s first wharf was installed in about 1850, some three years after the park opened. When Captain William Winslow, a steamboat captain, purchased the land in 1847, he would transfer his passengers from his steamboat to the shore of Rocky Point via shallow draft schooners or small boats. Obviously, this was light years before the trolley and car, so the Narragansett Bay was the best way to access Rocky Point.
The Rocky Point Hotel, believed to have been built in 1870, had its own pier. The building was destroyed by fire in 1883.
Entering the 1900s, even more piers, wharfs and docks began to dot the Rocky Point shoreline. One of the more popular piers, below, took disembarking passengers to the Waterfront Carousel and the Spanish Fandango Wheel (Ferris Wheel).
Published by George LaCross
Growing up near an amusement park in East Providence, RI., rides are in my blood. I am editor of www.laffinthedark.com, and a partner in the production of two DVD documentaries about dark rides. I am also focused on the promotion of Rocky Point State Park, producing a series of informational videos about the park, past and present, and serving as an event volunteer.
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