Thursday, March 19, 2009

Once Upon A Time In Chester West Virginia There was a Place Of Great Adventure!

Rock Springs Park was in Chester, West Virginia. It was an amusement park. It had a roller coaster called the Cyclone. That is what I remember. Seeing the Roller Coaster. It was white. By the time I saw it though, it was a ghost of its former self.

It is, unfortunately, one of those way cool things we HAD in the area. To the left is the entrance, around 1910. To the right, what the entrance looks like today. See the Worlds Largest Tea Pot? (I want to investigate that too.) That is about where it was. You would never know Rock Springs ever existed, were it not for pictures. There is nothing left of it today. I wonder if Chester kept anything from the park, even as a souvenir. Not that I don't appreciate the giant Tea Pot. We are lucky to have it and I have an article coming up on it alone.

But putting in the new bridge completely erased Rock Springs Park.

Hey, there is one of those signs, like in East Liverpool, that tells you what you had. Now, of course, all you have is this sign. Not a fair trade.

Give me this any day. Rock Springs Park was worth a moment of your time. If you know anything about it please share your memories or knowledge with those of us who never got to experience this Place of Great Adventure.

1 comment:

Average Joe said...

I'm haunted by the skeleton frame of the old Cyclone roller coaster, too. So much so, that I'm writing a book about it.

Check out my blog for tons of photos and memories of Rock Springs Park.