|Defunct Coasters||Updated: March 28, 2011|
Columbia Gardens, Butte, MT
Council Crest, Portland, OR
Hastings park, Vancouver, BC
julia davis fun depot, boise, id
Lotus Isle, Portland, OR
Luna Park, Seattle, WA
Playland, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Playland, Seattle, WA
puyallup fair, puyallup, wa
Santafair, federal way, wa
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
White City, Bellingham, Wa
White City, Seattle, WA
White City, Vancouver, bc
Pictured above is a 1959 Herschell Mad Mouse advertisement. It lists about a dozen parks and traveling carnival shows that had owned and operated the coaster. Amongst the list of owners and parks is Robert E. Bollinger at Oaks Park in Portland, Oregon.
Throughout the late 1950's and 1960's, Oaks Park had many rides circulating the Northwest with Fun-Tastic Rides, Inc. which Robert Bollinger co-founded and incorporated. So, it is not surprising that many of the permanent rides at the park were swapped with other parks and fairs such as Playland in Vancouver, BC, or the Puyallup Fair. Some of these rides were portable Mad Mouse, Monster Mouse, and Wild Mouses.
Interestingly enough, the Puyallup Fair's Monster Mouse still operates Mad Mouse cars. So, it is my speculation that the fair originally had a Mad Mouse prior to the Monster Mouse. It would also not be surprising if the cars might have come from the Mad Mouse that had operated at Oaks Park. In a recent interview with John Hinde, I was told that Walker LeRoy (Bollinger's ride superintendent at Oaks Park) used to love running the Mad Mouse at the fair. He seemed to be fascinated with it. So, there must be a connection between Oaks Mad Mouse and the Puyallup Fair.
[Update: In a recent phone conversation with Funtastic's current owner, Ron Burbach Sr., I was told there were three mouse coasters that had operated at the Puyallup Fair. During the 1950's there was a Mad Mouse and a Monster Mouse. Probably sometime in the 1960's there were two Mad Mouses and a Monster Mouse. The second Mad Mouse coaster had come from the defunct Santafair - Touray in Federal Way, Washington, which was an indoor amusement park in a shopping center.]
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