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Defunct Coasters Updated: March 28, 2011


Alaska yukon pacific Exposition,
Seattle, WA
Scenic Railway - 1909-1909

Columbia Gardens, Butte, MT
Roller Coaster - 1906-1974

Council Crest, Portland, OR
Scenic Railway - 1905-1926

gayway park, seaside, OR
Roller Coaster - 1953-1983?
Wild Mouse - 1953?-1983?

gayway/Fun Forest, Seattle, WA
Broadway Trip - 1962-1962
Wild Mouse - 1962-1964
Wild Mouse - 1965-1971

Happyland, Vancouver, BC
Giant Dipper - 1925-1947
Baby Dipper - 1928-1944

Hastings park, Vancouver, BC
Coaster (Dip The Dips) - 1915-1924

Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR
Big Dipper - 1928-1970
Whirlwind - 1929-195?

julia davis fun depot, boise, id
Mad Mouse - 1991-2002

Lotus Isle, Portland, OR
Alpine Scenic Railway - 1930-1931

Luna Park, Seattle, WA
Great Figure 8 - 1905-1913

Nat Park, Spokane, WA
Figure 8/Scenic Railway - 1905-1919
Jack Rabbit - 1920-1968

Oaks Park, Portland, OR
Scenic Railway - 19?-19?
Figure 8 - 1905?-19?
Zip - 1927-1934
Mad Mouse - 1959-1976?
Monster Mouse - 1977-1994

Playland, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Kiddie Coaster - 1942-1974

Playland, Seattle, WA
Dipper - 1930-1961

Playland, Vancouver, BC
Little Dipper - 1958-197?
Mad Mouse - 1958-1964?
Monster Mouse - 1965-1971?
Super Big Gulp - 1972-1994
Wild Mouse - 1979-2008

puyallup fair, puyallup, wa
Mad Mouse - 195?-196?
Mad Mouse - 196?-197?
(Both coasters no longer run at fair)

Santafair, federal way, wa
Stratoboggan - 1961-1973
(Later operated at Puyallup Fair as
Mad Mouse)

Stanley Park , Vancouver, BC
Dips - 1913-1923?

White City, Bellingham, Wa
Roller Coaster - 1906-1912

White City, Seattle, WA
Roller Coaster - 1908-1912

White City, Vancouver, bc
Dips - 1926-19?
(Operated at Hastings Park)


Figure 8/Scenic Railway, Natatorium Park, Spokane, WA

Natatorium Park Figure 8/Scenic Railway
Figure 8/Scenic Railway

Natatorium Park (affectionally known as Nat Park) opened in 1889 as Twickenham Park and was owned by Washington Water Power Co. The park's first recreation focused on sports and thus a baseball field was built. As the Spokane area started growing, people wanted more entertainment. Soon Vaudville and a casino came into the scene bringing a rather "rough crowd". In 1893, Natatorium opened its first pool (called a natatorium), and in that year the park renamed itself as Natatorium Park adding amusement rides.

Natatorium Park's first roller coaster (pictured above) debuted in 1905. The Figure 8, also known as the Scenic Railway, was installed by Audley Ingersoll's amusement company. The coaster operated between 1905 to 1919 and was considered a "thriller" with a speed of 10mph. By the 1920 season this ride was replaced with the Jack Rabbit that operated until the last season in 1967.

Between 1907 and 1908, Nat was known as the "Coney Island of The Inland Empire" and was leased by Audley Ingersoll. Though Ingersoll was considered young and maybe a bit naive in the business, he did bring some new entertainment to the park. The Pacific Northwest's largest dance hall was built as well as the Shoot-The-Chutes ride and lights were scattered throughout the park adding a night glow. The park became known as a "Modern Fairyland" or as "Ingersoll's Park". But within that year, for reasons unknown, Ingersoll defaulted the park's lease and skipped town. Washington Water Power reclaimed the park.

In 1909, the Loof Carousel was built and was considered the "most cherished of all rides" in the park. In 1910, a second pool opened and was known as The Plunge. It contained an olympic size swimming pool, well water, and 300 dressing rooms. The water was kept warm by coals so that people in the community could use it in the winter months.

With the trolley line being a popular way of traveling around, Nat Park remained a successful means of entertainment. Amongst the rides that operated at the park were the: Hammer (Roll-O-Plane), Octopus, Rock-O-Plane, Loof Carousel, Miniature Train, Joy Wheel (later called The Nut House), Dragon Slide, Dodgem Cars, Custer Speedway, Ye Olde Mill (later replaced by the Whip), Pretzel Dark Ride (later called Fun in The Dark), and the Bi-Planes which were later replaced with the Rocket Ships. There was also a zoo and arcade at the park. As the years progressed, Nat was always seeking ways in how to add new things to the park. This seemed to encourage more visitors and keep devoted patrons coming to the park each year.

However, in the early 1960's Nat Park started having problems. The trolley had been demolished in 1936 and people were open to using a new means of transportation - automobiles. With people using their own car, Nat became something old and something they had already experienced, and they were less motivated to visit. Also during this time, the park's attractions were becoming old and unattended to. With the decreasing attendance, operating costs increased, and it was inevitable that Nat would meet its demise. In 1962, Nat was put up for sale and remained closed for the 1963 season. In 1965, the park's manager, Bill Oliver then took care of the park but his ideas on how to keep the park surviving failed, and in 1967 Nat Park saw its last season.

Some of the rides that survived the park's demolition was the Rock-O-Plane, a rocket from the Rocket Ship ride, and the Miniature Train ride. The Rock-O-Plane used to operate at the now defunct Thrill-Ville USA amusement park in Turner, Oregon (and is currently up for sale). The car that remains from the Rocket Ship found a home at the Montessori Early Learning Center in Spokane.

Probably the most cherished ride that remains of Natatorium Park is the 1909 Charles Looff Carousel. Looff had given the carousel to his daughter Emma and her husband Louis Vogel as a wedding gift. Originally, Looff had hopes that Washington Water Power (owner of Nat Park) would purchase it, but the price ($20,000) was scoffed at by the company and they turned it down. Vogel ended up a Concession Director and later bought the park from Washington Water Power for $127,000 in 1929. Vogel's son, Lloyd proceeded ownership until his death in the mid 1960's.

After the 1974 Spokane Expo, the carousel was moved into a permanent structure at Riverfront Park and was rededicated on May 7, 1975. Bill Oliver (Nat's last owner) helped in the restoration process, participated in the rededication and had the lead horse named after him. The 1909 Loof Carousel is now a National Historic Landmark.

To learn more about Nat Park and its rides and attractions visit NatPark.org.