Carnival Park Photographs
Carnival Park Photographs
Carnival Park was a public, family amusement park located on 13.5 acres between 14th and 16th, the east and west, and Armstrong and Barnett Avenues to the north and south. The park operated from 1907-1911. During its relatively short life span, Carnival Park was described as being one of the greatest achievements of the city. The recently opened Intercity Viaduct used it as an inducement to ride the streetcar -- a cool ride on a hot summer's night. Located at what is now the Ward athletic field, the park opened May 7, 1907. It operated for approximately two years as Carnival Park and was then leased to a carnival for another two years. John Steen, the park's architect, filled the area with flowerbeds, statues, and winding walkways. The Lagoon, spanned by a bridge, was another prominent feature and provided a somewhat wet ending to the "Shoot the Chutes" ride. "Shoot the Chutes" also incorporated one of the best-remembered segments of the park: a very tall, brightly lit tower and "the pride of the park management". The demise of Carnival Park is one of the City's biggest mysteries. No one seems to know exactly what happened to it and why it failed. Some attribute the failure to the fall of the tower due to a high wind. A roller rink adjacent to the tower was damaged by fire. Joseph T. Carey Sr., the son of Thomas Carey, a co-owner of the park, believes a great extent of the problem was caused by the prohibition of serving alcoholic beverages.
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Sepia photograph of Carnival Park, entrance to the roller skating rink.
Black and White photograph of Carnival Park, entrance to Wizard – admission ticket booth
Black and white photograph of Carnival Park, Crystal Laundry admission ticket booth
Black and white photograph of large crowd watching a performance at Carnival Park
Black and white photograph of the admission ticket booth for Hale's Tours of the World at Carnival Park
Black and white photograph of Carnival Park visitors gathered on the stage at the Bandshell
Black and white photograph of crowds gathered on the Carnival Park boardwalk
Black and white photograph of a view into Carnival Park
Black and white photograph of the entrance to the 3rd Degree at Carnival Park
Black and white photograph of Carnival Park from inside, with view of 3rd Degree and Crystal Laundry buildings
Black and white photograph of Carnival Park at night with a view of the roller coaster tower (Chutes)
Black and white photograph of The Wigwam, a covered restaurant at Carnival Park
Black and white photograph of two female passengers ascending the "Shoot the Chutes" ride at Carnival Park.
Black and white photograph of two men on the "Double Whirl" ride at Carnival Park. The ride consisted of six miniature Ferris wheels revolving perpendicular to each other and circling its enclosure simultaneously.
Black and white photograph of crowds on the boardwalk at Carnival Park with lagoon and boats in the foreground and Hale's Tours of the World building in the background.
Black and white photograph of Carnival Park grounds with benches and pavilion in the background.
View of The Pergola, a covered structure near the center of Carnival Park with table and chairs under a roofed walk. It was used as a place for serving refreshments such as ice cream soda, and water.