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
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
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)
Out of every one of the four decades I visited Rocky Point Park, one trip always stands out; great memories that will never fade with time. So, of the pilgrimages I made to the park in the 1990s, one in June 1993 with my wife Elaine and our two nephews was my favorite — an… Continue reading Saying uncle at Rocky Point in 1993
It was here in 1931. Gone seven years later! Rocky Point’s Flying Turns coaster was by all accounts a thrilling experience. But the thrills were cut short by the hurricane of September 21, 1938; a storm that destroyed most of the park’s attractions. For those who don’t know what a Flying Turns is, let me… Continue reading Short Turns at Rocky Point Park
If you are of a certain age, you probably remember riding the Tumble Bug at Rocky Point before it was removed in the late 1970s. The Tumble Bug (sometimes known as The Bug) dated back to 1927, and was moved to Rocky Point for the 1928 season. It survived the 1938 hurricane, thanks in part… Continue reading The day Rocky Point’s Tumble Bug rolled into Supreme Court!