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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

The Great American Amusement Parks

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This is the first publication I read about amusement parks as a kid. In the 1970's there were not too many books on parks. Though dated, this book does offer lots of interesting information about historic amusement parks. Kyriazi also has plenty of photos of coasters and thrill ride attractions as well as a photo of himself as a child at New York's defunct Steeplechase Park.

Though Kyriazi's book mostly focuses on the larger parks that operated in other parts of the country, he does offer a nice photograph of the Great Figure 8 Coaster that operated at Luna Park in Seattle and gives a bit of information about Seattle Center's Fun Forest as well as Oaks Park in Portland, Oregon. Prior to reading this book, I had not known about Seattle's Luna Park or of its coaster. In 1992, I later found this book in great condition in a used book store for $10.

Written by:
Gary Kyriazi

Published by:
Citadel Press
A division of Lyle Stuart, Inc.
120 Enterprise Ave.
Secaucus, NJ
In Canada: George J. McLeod Limited
73 Bathurst St.
Toronto, Ont.


Copyright 1987 by Gary Kyriazi