The Lake Cliff Amusement Park was established in 1906 and immediately became a popular destination for Dallas-area residents. The park featured an eighty foot tall, electrically powered Circular Swing (manufactured by the Traver Circle Swing Company of NYC), a Skating Rink, Carousel, Bathing Pavilion, restaurant, roller coaster, and the ride shown here: “Shoot the Chutes”. A 1906 booklet promoting the park described the ride this way:
In the swift, smooth, gliding descent and the final sensational plunge of the boats into the water, while spray dashes high and the heart is thrilled with the ecstasy of rapid motion, is a something that appeals to the modern love of novelty and exhilaration. That’s the chief reason why the Shoot-the-Chutes is a perpetual favorite.
With spray flying to either side- but not on the passengers, the gondola takes the water as easily and naturally as a sea-gull swoops down on the breast of Old Ocean and settles in its God-given element.
It is noticeable that nearly all who try the Shoot-the-Chutes are not satisfied till they have taken a second ride at least, often several more. A common remark, especially of girls who take the ride, is- ‘I’m going down again and keep my eyes open this time.’
Maine’s Old Orchard Street, leading to the amusement area. The linen postcard was published by Portland Candy Co., printed by Dexter Press, and the quality is simply horrible! Dexter Press would do much better later on with their chrome postcards.
The Long Beach, California amusement park known as The Pike was established in 1902 and would gain notoriety for it’s dual-track roller coaster, the Cyclone Racer. In 1979 the city council denied all lease renewals and demolished the attractions.
The Aquarena Springs Sky Ride that took visitor’s to the Hanging Gardens. Well guys and gals, I’ve spent all day posting Aquarena postcards, and this is the end of the line. At least I’ve gotten them out of my system!
The surface stage (as opposed to the underwater one) at Aquarena Springs’ Submarine Theater.
The Aquarena Springs Inn, now described as a bed and breakfast on this card. Big bed and breakfast!
Glurpo the Clown performing Witch Doctor duties during a performance at the Submarine Theater, Aquarena Springs.
The General Store in the Texana Village frontier town at Aquarena Springs.
A lovely Aqua-Miss performing an underwater ballet at Aquarena Springs, San Marcos, Texas. This postcard is remarkably similar to one I posted previously.
An unusual postcard view from inside one of the glass bottom boats at Aquarena Springs, San Marcos, Texas.