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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 Increadible Scream Machine ~
A History of the Roller Coaster

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Scream Machine offers a wealth of information about many of the country's early roller coasters and thrill rides and their perspective designers. Cartmell also offers a ton of photos and drawings of coasters and parks dating back from the late 1700's. Famous coaster designers such as La Marcus Thompson, Frederick Ingersoll, John Miller, Harry C. Baker, Harry Traver, John Allen, Fred church, Erwin and Ed Vettel, Arthur Loof, and Bill Cobb, are covered in detail.

Besides having a phletora of photos and information about coaster designers, Cartmell's book also offers thorough listings of coasters that were built by various designers for specific parks in their perspective years. Some of these include parks that operated in the Pacific Northwest such as John Miller's Jack Rabbit at Natatorium Park in Spokane, Washington, Carl Phare's Dipper and the Whirwind Racer kiddie coaster at Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon, Harry Traver's, Zip coaster at Oaks in Portland, Prior and Church's Dipper at Hastings Park (Happyland) in Vancouver, BC, and the Dipper coaster at Playland in Bitter Lake, Seattle, Washington which was reportedly the longest coaster at 4,000 ft. and cost $75,000.

This book also offers photos of Seattle's Luna Park, Portland's Oaks Park, Bellingham's White City, and Portland's Council Crest. In fact this is the book where I learned much about the existence of some of our Northwest parks and their coasters.

Written by:
Robert Cartmell

Published by:
Amusement Park Books, Onc.
Fairview Park, Ohio 44126
Bowling Green State University Popular Press
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

0-87972-341-6 (Clothbound)
0-87972-342-1 (Paperback)

Copyright 1987 by Amusement Park Books, Inc. and the Bowling Green State University Popular Press