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Playland ad from 1977 PNE booklet
Playland Seattle 1953 advertisement

Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition
Butte's Pride - The Columbia ...
Clark County History 2008
Dear Old Nat...Sokane's Playground
Doin' The Puyallup
Great American Amusement Parks
Guide to Ride 2000
Harry G. Traver: Legends of Terror
Herbert P. Schmeck Forgotten Legacy
Memories of Columbia Gardens
Once Upon A Time In Playland
The Enchanted Forest And Its...
The Incredibla Scream Machine
The Pacific National Exhibition
Vancouver: A History in Photographs
Vanishing Seattle

Jantzen Beach Park ~ 1940's

On The Midway ~ Puyallup Fair 2007

DVDs and Videos
Finding Playland
Remember When: Nat Park
Remembering The Columbia...
Great Old Amusement Parks
PNE ~ 1958

RollerCoaster! #113 ~ Spring 2010
RollerCoaster! #88 ~ Winter 2004
RollerCoaster! #47 ~ Fall 1993
Sunset Magazine ~ July 1976
Sunset Magazine ~ June 1962
Unwind Sunday Magazine 2008

Souvineer Fair Programs:
Rip Snortin'-Fun! 1983
Whooopitup 1977
The Western Washington Fair 1973
50th Western Washington Fair...

Columbia Gardens Roller Coaster
Western Washington Fair Midway
Jack Rabbit at Nat Park
The Fun Forest

Photos and Postcards:
Happyland amusement rides
Jantzen Beach display
Playland Roller Coaster 1960s
Alaska Yukon Pacific Tickler
Puyallup Carnival Town WWII
Fun-Tastic Rides Amusements sign
Old Mill and Caterpillar Ride
Puyallup Coaster and Rides 1930's
Puyallup Fair Midway early 1970's
Restored Scooter & Whip Car
Restored & Unrestored Old Mill Boat

Dear Old Nat...
Spokane's Playground

An illustrated account of Spokane's beloved playground that provided community, fun, and entertainment for local and regional residents from 1889 to 1968. Dear Nat offers a good number of photos of adults and kids enjoying various sports and picnics, unique entertainers, amusement attractions, advertisements, and of course kiddie and thrill rides including the famous Jack Rabbit that operated from 1920 to the park's closing in 1968.

The Dedication piece on the first page sums up the heart and true meaning of this book:

"To the hundreds of thousands of Inland Northwest residents who experienced the thrill of a ride or the serenity of a walk through Nat Park; to the families who took pleasure in a Sunday afternoon picnic; to the kids who scraped together a nickel for a trolley ride to delight in an afternoon of arcades; and to those who can still see, hear, smell, taste, and feel Nat Park - we dedicate this book. You have really lived."

Written by:
Maria L. Hyder and Donald R. Johnson

Published by:
Nostalgia Magazine
1703 N. Normandie Street
Spokane, Washington 99205
(509) 323-2086
Website: Nostalgia


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