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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

Puyallup Fair Old Mill and rides 1940's/50's

Puyallup Fair Rides 1940's/50's thumbnail
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Caption and history:
Pictured above is a photo of the Puyallup Fair midway (Fairway) area taken around the 1940's/50's. The photo shows the north end turn around of the wooden coaster (Coaster Thrill Ride), the Old Mill ride, Whip, Caterpillar, and the Fun House. Around 1936, Edward Bollinger added these permanent rides. It was the fair's wish and his desire to have more permanent rides at the fair. Unfortunately, in June 1970, a fire destroyed all of these rides except for Coaster Thrill Ride which only received minor damage on its north end turnaround.

The Puyallup Fair Museum, located on the fairgrounds, has a restored old Whip car, A Dodgem car, and two Old Mill boats (both restored and unrestored version) that were donated by locals around 2001. They are available for viewing during the September fair.