Thursday, June 16, 2016
GDB is proud to present another installment in Ken Martinez's series of scans from his vast (and probably priceless) collection of vintage amusement park postcards! Here's Ken:
One Last Visit to Palisades Park
Today's post is the third and features the final set of postcards I have for Palisades Park. For those GDB readers who missed the earlier articles and postcards you can find them using the following links.
Part one can be found HERE
Part two can be found HERE
Originally called the U-Drive Em Boats and eventually the Atomic Boat Ride, passengers drove the gas-powered boats through a winding canal. The façade of the ride was designed to resemble a huge steamship. Are those power lines cutting across the canals?
The Cyclone was the headliner attraction of the park. Here's a great shot of a classic wooden roller coaster on one of the several midways at the Park.
Here's one of the largest saltwater pools in the United States at 400 X 600 feet. San Francisco's Fleishacker Pool was larger, holding 6.5 million gallons of water.
I'm not sure if this stage was used for concerts or if there were acrobatic and circus acts. From the structures it looks like some sort of trapeze setup. In the back would be the Hudson River.
Here's what appears to be a happy nuclear family squeezed into one of the Antique cars waving at the photographer. Also pictured is one of the miniature trains. I like all the various props around the track areas.
Well that's the last of the Palisades Amusement Park postcards that I have. I hope you have enjoyed this final visit to the classic amusement park.
Information Source material:
Funland U.S.A. copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
I love the old-timey look of this place, even though a lot of the postcards probably dated from the 1950's or 60's. You could sense the history of this park. Thanks as always to Ken for all of his hard work and generosity!