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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

Great Old Amusement Parks

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A great video about historical amusement parks still in operation today (with the exception of Whalom Park in MA which closed in 2000).

Great Old Parks also covers Oaks Park in Portland, Oregon. Narrator Rick Sebak interviews the park's previous owner, Robert Bollinger. Sebak states that Bollinger inherited the park from his father in the late 1940's then in the mid 1980's donated it to a nonprofit organization. And since then, the park has been successful in attracting patrons.

"I watch the people and see if they have a happy face on - that they're enjoying themselves", said Bollinger. "And that makes me happy."

When this video was made Bollinger was still alive and was said to have visited the park every day. No wonder he was lovingly referred to as "Mr Oaks".

WQED-TV website:
Available on dvd.

Produced/Written/Narrated by:
Rick Sebak

Copyright 1999 WQED Pittsburg