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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

PNE 1958

Youtube footage taken from PNE video.

I and a group of other coaster club attendees were priviledged to receive this one-of-a-kind video at a 2002 regional ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) event in Playland, Vancouver, BC. I am not sure who produced this piece but it offers some great footage of the building of the 1958 wooden Coaster at Playland in colorized home movie format.

Though the video is silent, it clearly depicts the beginning stages of Playland. Construction workers are shown raising the Coaster structure and walking the tracks from start to finish. They are seen building the station, testing the first single car over the track, and installing the first trains.

There is also footage of opening day and the midway section. Rides seen operating (at that time) were the: Rock-O-Plane, Whip, Scrambler, Caterpillar, Squirrel Cages, Round-Up, Roll-O-Plane, Dodgem Cars, Ferris Wheel, Merry-Go-Round, Fly-O-Plane, and Paratrooper.

The movie also shows the midway all lit up at night that seems to have captured the early magic of this park. Children and adults would wave at the camera while enjoying their ride on the Ferris Wheel, Merry-go-Round, or the Scrambler. This was definitely a different time and place in amusement history.

The video is a treasure and a keepsake.