Hot Wheels! At Rocky and Crescent!

Perhaps no amusement park ride has captured the imagination than the Ferris Wheel and its proverbial “stop at the top”… and perhaps a smooch!   Whereas Rocky Point Park and Crescent Park had various forms of wheels early in their respective histories, today we are going to look at the two parks’ Eli Bridge Ferris… Continue reading Hot Wheels! At Rocky and Crescent!

Two events for (all) the ages!

You could have fond memories of Rocky Point and Crescent Park.  You may want to learn about former Rhode Island amusement parks you never knew existed.  Or you may have been born before all these parks closed, and you want to see what you missed.  Whatever ride you want to take, the Rhode Island Historical… Continue reading Two events for (all) the ages!

Blown Away!

The hurricane of 1938 wiped out five of Rhode Island’s wooden roller coasters, eliminating the artistry of some of the world’s most prolific ride designers. What do the Bullet, the Boston bs, the Comet, the Wildcat and the Flying Turns all have in common?  All met their fate to the September 21, 1938 hurricane that… Continue reading Blown Away!

The Cat/Fish of Rocky Point and Crescent Park (Part III)

With the closing of Crescent Park following the 1978 season, there were no takers for the Flying Fish.  My visit to the abandoned and eroding park in April 1980 revealed a twisted pile of ruble with the fragmented catwalk and the severed list chain being the only recognizable remains, seen below. There were no signs… Continue reading The Cat/Fish of Rocky Point and Crescent Park (Part III)

The Cat/Fish of Rocky Point and Crescent Park (Part I)

If there were two roller coasters that captured the imagination of Rhode Islanders in the 1960s into the early 1970s, they were the Wildcat at Rocky Point Park in Warwick and the Flying Fish at Crescent Park in East Providence.  Anybody who rode them has a story to tell.   Although separated by Narragansett Bay,… Continue reading The Cat/Fish of Rocky Point and Crescent Park (Part I)