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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

Restored & unrestored Old Mill Boat
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Restored Old Mill boat - Puyallup Fair Museum
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Unrestored Old Mill Boat - Puyallup Fair Museum
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Caption and history:
One of the other early permanent ride attractions at the Puyallup Fair was the Old Mill Ride that operated from the early 1930's to 1969. The Old Mill was built in 1932 by Edward Bollinger who also owned the wooden roller coaster and a few other permanent rides. Besides the coaster, the Old Mill was a star attraction. Many young couples had gotten their first kiss while riding in a boat that would glide over the water inside a dark tunnel. Children also had their fun by pouring soap into the water creating a huge bubble bath for the staff to clean up. This brought some laughs and a big mess to deal with. Unfortunately, in June of 1970 the beloved Old Mill was completely destroyed by fire.

Above are two photos of the Old Mill. The first one gives a good depiction of what the boats originally looked like and the second shows how it looks unrestored. It's amazing that these two boats are still around since the ride had literally burnt to the ground. They are available for viewing at the Puyallup Fair Museum during the September fair.