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!
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!
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
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)
From 1949 to April 1986, many different rides and attractions came and went at Rocky Point Park. But there was one main fixture in the park over those decades, and that was the late Conrad Ferla. You didn’t need to look very far to see Mr. Ferla; in fact he seemed to be one step… Continue reading Mr. Rocky Point: Conrad Ferla
You’d have to be of a certain age to recall Rocky Point’s short-lived Witch Mill dark ride. The three-story, portable attraction debuted in 1971 and was removed after the 1973 season. But if you want to locate the site of the former Witch’s lair at Rocky Point State Park, read on! Rocky Point’s Witch Mill,… Continue reading Witch ride at Rocky Point?
It was known to strike fear into anybody who rode it. Rocky Point’s Wildcat coaster (not to be confused with the smaller, single-car Wildcat that arrived in 1958) was a wooden coaster that operated 1926 to 1938, having been destroyed by the ’38 hurricane. It was designed by Herbert Schmeck of Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc… Continue reading The Wildcat “strike” at Rocky Point