The year Rocky Point Park put a *cork* in it! (Part III)

“And I just have to say that I’m pleased to visit the Rocky Point Palladium.  Hey, listen, this is the first time I’ve been to an amusement park in years.  In fact, I wanted to check out the Corkscrew, but the Secret Service guys wouldn’t let me do it.”  President George Bush at a Fundraising… Continue reading The year Rocky Point Park put a *cork* in it! (Part III)

The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part II)

In the 2007 movie, You Must Be This Tall: The Story Of Rocky Point Park, amusement park historian John Carothers holds up the postcard below. Carothers whimsically explains that the postcard is fraudulent; that this is not Rocky Point’s Corkscrew coaster.  He then goes on to point out the differences between the two coasters. Carothers was… Continue reading The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part II)

Rocky Point’s Movers & Shakers, Part I

Of all the amusement parks I’ve visited and/or researched, I can’t think of one that had so many “moving parts” than post-1948 Rocky Point Park.  Trying to document the rides’ comings and goings, as well the movement of rides over the midway, is like trying to measure the speed of dark.  However, I’m going to… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Movers & Shakers, Part I

Rocky ’round the world!

Do a Google search of Rocky Point and most of the images you’ll see are of our beloved Rocky Point Park in Warwick, RI.  (1947 to 1998). But scroll down.  You’ll be intrigued by what else you find.  For instance, there’s Rock Point Park in Elwood, PA (1885 to 1911). And there’s Rocky Springs Park in… Continue reading Rocky ’round the world!

Backtracking at Rocky Point Park

To some it’s a reprieve from a day of white knuckle terror.  To others it’s an enchanting escape into unknown terrain, with joyful anticipation of what lies beyond the next bend. For  centuries, the smaller-than scale-train has been a staple in American amusement parks.   The train ride appeals to all demographics – from train… Continue reading Backtracking at Rocky Point Park

Rocky Point 1948: the park that Jack built

  Following the devastation it suffered from the force of the September 1938 hurricane, Rocky Point Park needed some glimmer of hope if it were ever operate again.  After nine years of uncertainty, it was announced that Frederick Hilton and Joseph Trillo planned to rebuild.  Hilton eventually sold his share to Vincent Ferla, and one… Continue reading Rocky Point 1948: the park that Jack built

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!

Rocky Point’s *Peace* of History

In the much-publicized 1964/65 New York World’s Fair that featured must-see attractions such as It’s A Small World,  Michelangelo’s Pieta, Sinclair Dinoland, the Swiss Sky Ride, and Disney’s Magic Skyway, the fair’s 11 General Foods “Peace Through Understanding” archways weren’t ultimate destinations for fair-goers.  However, they did serve a purpose for families and large groups who went… Continue reading Rocky Point’s *Peace* of History

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)

Rocky Point State Park in 2017: Some things never change!

Looking back at this year’s events held at Rocky Point State Park, they created a striking similarity to decades earlier when the land hosted an amusement park. Take for instance the Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) First Day Hike held on January 1st.  Hundreds of people walked through the park, many exploring it for the… Continue reading Rocky Point State Park in 2017: Some things never change!