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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

The White City: 1910

The White City: 1910

Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1910. "The White City." One of many "White City" amusement parks, which took their name from the plaster-slathered architectural style popularized by the 1893 Columbian Exposition. View full size.

 

Shoot-the-Chutes

This ride was a mainstay at most amusement parks of the early twentieth century.

Also of note is the Figure Eight side friction roller coaster to the right. There is only one of these left in the US -- Leap the Dips at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pa.

Short lived

According to this site, this park only existed from 1907 to 1912.

 
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