Thursday, June 30, 2016
It's time for more of Ken Martinez's collection of vintage postcards - it's back to Kennywood we go! Here's Ken:
More Kennywood Park
It's time for another visit to what's considered to be one of the best, if not the best traditional amusement parks in the United States.
For me, one of the big pluses at an amusement park is water and water attractions. Here the Kennywood Lagoon fills the bill, where you can rent a row boat and leisurely enjoy a trip out onto the lagoon waters. Nowadays you can take a human-powered paddle boat out into the lagoon for an extra fee. So really that hasn't changed that much in all those years.
Now known as the "Olde Kennywood Railroad", this miniature train ride still uses the original locomotives with gasoline-powered engines from when the ride was installed in 1945. The locomotives were from the 1939 New York World's Fair. The passenger cars have changed though. I like all the various little gardens in the park.
Here's another example of the beautiful gardens and trees that are all around Kennywood Park. It's a beautiful setting. That must be a wishing well.
Kenny Kangaroo has been the park's mascot since 1974 and just like Mickey Mouse he has four-fingered hands. Apparently he has been joined by Garfield and Odie recently as costumed characters roaming the park.
The "Merry-go-round", now a National Historic Landmark is considered to be and is often referred to as the "soul" of Kennywood Park. The carousel was built in 1927 by William Dentzel at a cost of $25,000 [note from Major Pepperidge... that's about $350,000 is 2016 dollars!]. Originally built for the 1926 Philadelphia Sesquicentennial, it was not completed on time and so it was bought by Kennywood. According to the Kennywood website it consists of four rows and has 72 animals in all (twenty stationary, fifty jumpers, one lion, one tiger and four chariots).
Added in 1966, the Turnpike operated at Kennywood until 2009 when it was removed for the Skyrocket steel coaster. There is talk of bringing back the Turnpike to another area of the park. Here we have modern gas-powered cars, but in 1987 the cars were switched out for electric antique style autos.
I hope you've enjoyed your vintage visit to beautiful Kennywood Park.
Information Source material:
Funland U.S.A. copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
THANK YOU Ken, for another excellent article!