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The Simmons Collection (part 1) - All from 1963  (Photos courtesy of RAY SIMMONS)
Please do not use, copy or share these photos without Mr. Simmons' permission.

Looking up the midway from Ballroom roof.jpg
Looking up the midway from Ballroom roof.jpg
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Flying Scooter.jpg
Flying Scooter.jpg
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From Ballroom Roof.jpg
From Ballroom Roof.jpg
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Parking Lot.jpg
Parking Lot.jpg
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View from Sky Ride - 1963.jpg
View from Sky Ride - 1963.jpg
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Turnpike Ride, Riverboat & Tropical Drink stand.jpg
Turnpike Ride, Riverboat & Tropical Drink stand.jpg
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Tumble Bug at night.jpg
Tumble Bug at night.jpg
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Tumble Bug & Flying Fish.jpg
Tumble Bug & Flying Fish.jpg
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Flying Fish -'63.jpg
Flying Fish -'63.jpg
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Coaster, Riverboat & Tumble Bug.jpg
Coaster, Riverboat & Tumble Bug.jpg
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Coaster curve.jpg
Coaster curve.jpg
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Dodgem and Tango.jpg
Dodgem and Tango.jpg
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Chugging Along.jpg
Chugging Along.jpg
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Train & Ferris Wheel.jpg
Train & Ferris Wheel.jpg
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1860's Train with Bullock's Cove in Background.jpg
1860's Train with Bullock's Cove in Background.jpg
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Heading South.jpg
Heading South.jpg
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Part of Kiddieland.jpg
Part of Kiddieland.jpg
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Miniature Golf Course - 1963.jpg
Miniature Golf Course - 1963.jpg
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A Sunday Free Show.jpg
A Sunday Free Show.jpg
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A Sunday Marching Band.jpg
A Sunday Marching Band.jpg
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Festus from Gunsmoke with Eddie Zack - 1963.jpg
Festus from Gunsmoke with Eddie Zack - 1963.jpg
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Eddie Zack & Family.jpg
Eddie Zack & Family.jpg
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View across Bullock's Point Ave..jpg
View across Bullock's Point Ave..jpg
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Sunday in the '60's.jpg
Sunday in the '60's.jpg
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Midway Sign.jpg
Midway Sign.jpg
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McCusker s Pop Corn Stand - 2.jpg
McCusker s Pop Corn Stand - 2.jpg
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McCuskers.jpg
McCuskers.jpg
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Skee Ball.jpg
Skee Ball.jpg
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Gift Stand.jpg
Gift Stand.jpg
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Games-2.jpg
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Two Games.jpg
Two Games.jpg
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Grocery Stand.jpg
Grocery Stand.jpg
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Variety Stand.jpg
Variety Stand.jpg
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Blanket Stand1.jpg
Blanket Stand1.jpg
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The Simmons Collection (part 2)  (Photos courtesy of RAY SIMMONS)
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RS -Dog Track, Pan Game, Darts, Bubble Game.jpg
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RS-Ferris Wheerl, Ginger Brew and Souvenirs.jpg
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The Simmons Collection (part 3)  (Photos courtesy of RAY SIMMONS)
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Rs-Boyden 1891 ad.jpg
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RS-1898 Program.jpg
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Ed, Andy, Sharky(Bob Stevenson)
Ed, Andy, Sharky(Bob Stevenson)

Ed Swerowik, Andy Fales, Bob Sharky Stevenson

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1886-1920               

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Original Carousel on Beach with George Boyden

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Earliest known photo of the Carousel, before the cupola was added in 1898

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Looff Family in Front of Carousel 1900

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Charles I.D. Looff and Family sitting on his Showcase Carousel at Crescent Park - Early 1900s

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Crescent Park Hotel 1890s

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Hotel and Lawn about 1899

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On the Lawn at Crescent Park 1890s

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Band Stand - Currently Larisa Park

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Crescent Park Railroad Station

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Midway early 1900s

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Toboggan Slide 1905

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Back of the Chutes Ride

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Back of the Chutes

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Hand Engine Firemens 1890s

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Enterance to Roller Coaster 1920

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Dance Hall - Later became the Alhambra Ballroom

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Original Coaster Postcard

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1895 Crescent Park Trolley in Downtown Providence

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Crescent Park Trolley c1910

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Original Midway Facade at Crescent Park

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Exposition Hall at Crescent Park c.1900

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Steeple Chase in 1906 at Crescent Park RI

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Midway c.1918

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Allan Carlson (Lifelong Riverside Resident) and his parents at Crescent Park 1917

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Photo taken in the Crescent Park "Wagon"

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Unknown Family Photo at Crescent Park 1921

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Unknown Women in the Crescent Park Boat Photo Booth

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Midway 1920

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Crescent Park Bandstand 1900

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Old view of Park from what is not Crescent View Avenue

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Women at Crescent Park 1914

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Top of the Midway 1915 (pole in the center is where Bullocks Pt. Avenue is today)

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Miniature Railway c. 1920

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Hippodrome - One of the 1st attractions at the Park

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Flying Eagle Ride - Check out the guys pulling the ropes to make it go

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Rivers of Venice and Midway c. 1900

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Amusement Street c.1900

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Dance Hall and Miniature Railroad c. 1905

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Midway crows with Bamboo Slide in Background

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One of the first pictures of the Bamboo Slide

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Bamboo Slide before the lettering was placed on the attraction

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Bamboo Slide and Alhambra Dance Hall

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Another Bamboo Slide Postcard Image

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Top of the Midway in 1911

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Tickler 1905

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Chute the Shoots 1908

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Ladies by the side of the Shooting the Chutes ride 1899

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Another Early Shoot the Chutes Photo

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Rare Shooting the Chutes Photo... look at the speed of that boat!

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Shoot the Chutes

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Midway 1911

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Beach, Boats, & the Pier

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Ferry and Crescent Park Pier in 1886, the year the Park opened

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Crescent Park Boat Ferry in Providence RI c.1905

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Folks arriving at Crescent Park Pier via Ferry Boat c. 1905

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Folks in Pawtuxet (Cranston) boarding the ferry boat to Crescent Park

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Crowded Pier at Crescent Park

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Crescent Park Pier

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Crescent Park Pier with Dance Hall, Hotel and Original Carousel

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Boating at Crescent Park Beach c1910

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Crescent Park Beach looking down toward the Terrace section of Riverside

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Postcard of Crescent Park Pier and Hotel in the background

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Boats docked at Crescent Park Pier Postcard 1890s

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Crescent Park Beach c. 1910

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Boat Rides from the Crescent Park Pier

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Looff's New Crescent Beach

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Steamboat Landing at Crescent Park

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Steamboat Landing at Crescent Park 1916

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Harrington's Crescent Park Beach

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Crescent Park Beach looking down toward The Terrace

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Boat Landing

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To the Bathhouses

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1954 Hurricane Aftermath

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1890s Photo of ship an Pier. Notice original beach Carousel in background.

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Visit the Skating Rink

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Crescent Park from the Water

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1921-1959              

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Original "Comet" Coaster (The BIG ONE)

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Inside of Crescent Park Fun House 1930

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Family Photo at Crescent Park 1924

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The PRETZEL Ride

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1954 Aerial view of Crescent Park and the Zephyr Coaster

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Pony Track at Crescent Park

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Pony Track Boys at Crescent Park RI

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"Pickles" was one of the star ponies at Crescent Park in the early 1950s

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Lenny Carlson at the Crescent Park Pony Barn

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Midway about 1930

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Crescent Park Bandstand from 1940s/1950s

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Aerial Image from 1940s showing walking bridge from the back of the park over to Haines Park in Barrington

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Fakir's Row (part of Midway) Crescent Park, RI

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Lenny Carlson in front of the Carousel 1948

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Crescent Park Roller Rink c.1950

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Inside of Crescent Park Roller RInk

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Skaters at the Crescent Park Roller Rink 1950s

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Crescent Park Roller Rink and Skaters 1950

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George Murdock and Partner - Crescent Park Roller Rink

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Crescent Park Skater 1950s

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George Murdock & Partner

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Joe Carlson & Partner

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Skating Pair at Crescent Park 1950s

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Roller Stake Shop at Crescent Park

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Skating Pair at Crescent Park

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Graceful Skater at Crescent Park

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Charlie Kronson - Crescent Park Roller Rink Manager 1940s-1950s

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Skaters competing at the Crescent Park Roller Rink c.1950

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Crescent Park Lady Skaters from the 1950s

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Photo taken from a Rider on the Satellite looking down on the Midway 1950s

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The Satellite on the Midway

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Eddy Zack Band and Charlie Kimmence at Crescent Park

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Eddy Zack Band and Charlie Kimmence at Crescent Park

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Original "Comet" Coaster from the 1930s

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The Roller Coaster

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The Crescent Park Coaster around 1930

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The Zephyr Coaster

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Top of the Zephyr Coaster 1950s

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Crescent Park Sign

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Midway 1950s - Check out the water fountain in the foreground... we called it a 'BUBBLA'

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Police car in front of the Zephyr Coaster 1958

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Charlie Hall of the EPPD at Crescent Park 1959

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Penny Arcade next to the Carousel

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The great Penny Arcade on the Midway

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Doll Game Stand

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Bubble Bounce and Ferris Wheel Rides 1950s

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Postcard of Crescent Park Beach

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Beverly & Shirley Gregory in C.P. Photo Booth c.1950

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The Whip - Excluding the Carousel, this ride was the longest running ride in Park history

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Aerial Shot of Crescent Park 1950s

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Silver Streak Ride - 1950s

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Silver Streak Ride

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Dodgem and Tango on the Midway

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Crescent Park Business Office 1950s

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Shore Dinner Postcard from the 1950s/60s - Cost $3.75

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Aerial View c1958

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Guys at the Carousel late 1950s

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Midway 1950s

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McCusker's Popcorn Stand 1950s

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Having Fun at Crescent Park 1930s?

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1960-1969        

Barry Davignon
Barry Davignon
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Robbie Davignon
Robbie Davignon
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Barry and Robbie Davignon
Barry and Robbie Davignon
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Robbie Davignon with mom Janet
Robbie Davignon with mom Janet
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Janet Davignon, Barry, robbie and Edgar Davignon
Janet Davignon, Barry, robbie and Edgar Davignon
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Edgar Davignon with son Bob
Edgar Davignon with son Bob
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The Incline of the FLYING FISH

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Young rider in one of the Flying Fish cars

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Angelo and Rio in from the Flying Fish

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My favorite Picture of the Park... From the top of the Ferris Wheel overlooking my favorite rides

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Flying Tigers and Concessions

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Carousel Crew in the late 1960s

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Palm Reading

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McCusker's Pop Corn & Salt Water Taffy 1960

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Play Your Month Game

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Midway late 1960s

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Joe Kadan running the Carousel

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Midway

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Midway Concessions at Night ~ Late 1960s

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Midway 1960s

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Kiddie Land - Police Car Ride - 1966 (Yup, that's me in the Police Car)

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Kiddie Land - Flying Saucer Ride - 1966

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Kiddie Carousel 1966

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Kiddie Land Boats 1966

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Kidde Train 1961

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Peggy Rochette watching son Lenny on the Clown Cars in Kiddie Land 1961

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Peggy Rochette and son Lenny on the Midway 1961

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Kiddie Land 1961

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All aboard the Crescent Park R.R.

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Leaving IRON HORSE STATION for a train ride

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The Whip

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Kiddie Land 1966

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Games on the Midway 1960s

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Ray Rusin 1969 in the Carousel

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Ring Master 1969

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Carousel Operator 1969

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Bob Newman running the Carousel 1960s

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Ticket Booth inside Carousel

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Ferris Wheel Operator 1969

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The Dodgem (or Bumper Cars) in 1969 - Can't you still smell the mix of electricity and burnt rubber? ahhhh the memories!

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Girls strolling the Midway 1969

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Fish Game 1969

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Crescent Inn c. 1960

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Back Parking Lot of Crescent Park as seen from Crescent View Avenue

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Don Gregory (my dad) directing traffic on Bullocks Pt. Avenue for entry into the Park

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Aerial View of Crescent Park 1960s

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Top of the Ferris Wheel View looking at the Terrace

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Giant Slide at Night 1967

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Bottom of the Giant Slide (aka "Sack Slide")

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Looking up the Pier (Shore Dinner Hall on the left)

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Carousel Crew from the late 1960s

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Midway with Scrambler and Tilt-A-Whirl in Background

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Sky Rider 1960s

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Sky Rider 1969

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Comet Coaster (last coaster at the park)

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Shore Dinner Hall Staff

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Shore Dinner Hall Kitchen

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Midway in the 1960s

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Alhambra Ballroom - What a dance floor!!

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Colonade Lounge at Crescent Park 1960s

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Aerial View of Crescent Park 1960s

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1970-1979       

Alhambra, Midway & Shore Dinner Hall Fires  (Photos courtesy of Riverside's own: CHARLIE HALL)
Please do not copy or share these photos without Mr. Hall's permission.               

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The most popular ride at Crescent Park in the 1960s and 1970s: THE FLYING FISH

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Riders descending in the FLYING FISH (a wild-mouse type coaster)

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Another Flying Fish Photo

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Vic "The Boss" in the Kiddie Land

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Jingles the Clown (George Richards) and Vic "The Boss"

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Inside the game room of Fascination looking across at the Penny Arcade

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The Bullocks Point Village Apartments being built across from Kiddie Land

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Cookout at the Crescent Park Stage (across from the Shore Dinner Hall)

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Cookout at the Stage

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Shore Dinner Hall Crew Members

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Ticket Booth

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Fascination Game Caller

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The Swamp at Crescent Park

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Shore Dinner Hall from the Beach

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Sippy Ramos in the Penny Arcade

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Dodgem on the Midway

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Ring Toss Clown in the Carousel with the famous "Camel" in front

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River Boat Ride (aka "Riding Dark House")

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River Boat Ride

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Western Hotel (aka "The Walk-In Dark House")

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Native American scene as viewed from the Train ride or the Westward Ho ride

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Crescent Park R.R. Train

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The Great ALHAMBRA BALLROOM goes up in Flames

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Fire Trucks arriving for Midway Fire in 1980s

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EPFD Firefighters Battling Midway Fire

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Midway Fire

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Midway Fire with Firefighter battling the blaze

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Shore Dinner Hall Fire

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Shore Dinner Hall Fire

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Midway Fire

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Shore Dinner Hall Fire

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Shore Dinner Hall Fire

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What an Inferno

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Shore Dinner Hall fully engulfed

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Shore Dinner Hall Ablaze

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1980-Present Day        

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Sad Day: 1979 Crescent Park Closed

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1979 Crescent Park Closed

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Carousel Closed in 1980

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The remains of the Sky Rider stands silent in a closed Crescent Park

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Dodgem Cas Sit in Ruins 1980s

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The Comet Coaster sits in ruins - Early 1980s

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The Turbo and Silo site idle as the park was closed by the time of this photo: 1980

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A closed midway in the early 1980s (just before the midway fire)

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1980 - Park Closed - Rear of Skating Rink, Penny Arcade, Go-Kart Track, & Carousel

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Rider reaches for the Brass Ring at the Crescent Park Carousel 1999

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Looff's Gorgeous Centerpiece of Our Great Carousel

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Governor & Mrs. Almond Ride the Carousel in the 1990s

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Britney & Allison ride one of the Carousel Chariots in 2000

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On the National Historic Register - The Looff Carousel at Crescent Park at Twilight (2013)

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