|Defunct Coasters||Updated: March 28, 2011|
Columbia Gardens, Butte, MT
Council Crest, Portland, OR
Hastings park, Vancouver, BC
julia davis fun depot, boise, id
Lotus Isle, Portland, OR
Luna Park, Seattle, WA
Playland, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Playland, Seattle, WA
puyallup fair, puyallup, wa
Santafair, federal way, wa
Stanley Park , Vancouver, BC
White City, Bellingham, Wa
White City, Seattle, WA
White City, Vancouver, bc
The Pay Streak was the amusement zone that operated during the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. Amongst the various rides and attractions offered were: an L. A. Thompson Scenic Railway (pictured above), The Fairy Gorge Tickler, a Ferris wheel, the Vacuum Tube, the Haunted Swing, The Bug House, the Alaska Theater of Sensations, the Japanese Village, the Eskimo Village, the Foolish House, and an LA Thompson Mountain Slide (also pictured above).
According to Shauna and Brennan O'reilly's book, Images of America, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, the Scenic Railway "was a precurser to Disneyland's Matterhorn Mountain ride and was a thrilling roller coaster with a large plaster mountain towering over the Pay Streak. The interior of the amusement ride featured a giant wheel that powered the cars filler with adventurous passengers. La Marcus Adna (L. A.) Thompson, who was known as the father of the gravity ride and was famous for the Switchback Railway at Coney Island, created this 15 cent attraction."
Thompson's Mountain Slide, as with many of the other amusement attractions, was scrunched tightly between the Fairy Gorge Tickler ride and the Scenic Railway. The Slide offered patrons a steep and speedy ride down slides in gunnysacks.
The Exposition opened on June 1, 1909 and brought in four million visitors in four months. The fair was located on the campus of the University of Washington which at that time was in great need of more campus buildings as the student population was growing. Visitors who came from all over the world were in awe of the beautiful 250 acres that entailed a picturesque setting of evergreen trees, flowers, Mount Rainier, the Cascades, Lake Union and Lake Washington.
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