Park History – Remember the Amusements!


Carousel #1

  • Manufacturer: Believed to be Armitage Herschell Company
  • Owner: Believed to be Levi C. Brinton
  • Steam driven under a canvas top.
  • Though the Carousel may have existed prior to this date, 1889 is the earliest mention of this ride in local news publications.
1889

Carousel #2

  • Owner: New Castle Traction Company
  • 75 Diameter
  • Steam Driven
  • Housed in a wooden, circular pavilion with a distinctive cupola on top.\
  • Previously located at an unknown World’s Fair
1897

Zoological Gardens

  • Located on the site that became the swimming pool
1900

Roller Coasteraaaa

  • Designer & Builder: by Fred Ingersoll
  • Model: Figure Eight
  • Side friction track
  • Located near the Dance Pavilion where the automobile parking lot is located today
1900

Old Mill #1

  • Concessionaire: 
  • Cost $28,000
 1909

Sliding Board

  • Located near the boat docks and trolley depot.
1920s

Dodge’M (Bumper Car #1)

  • Original Concessionaire, P&O
  • Housed in building constructed in 1898
  • Building Replaced in 1939
  • Concession of Paul Vesco in 1954
  • Art Deco facade added to building in the 1950s by Paul Vesco
1920s

Caterpillar

  • Manufacturer: Spillman Engineering Corporation (North Tonawanda, NY)
  • Concessionaire: William Standon
1920s

Witching Waves

  • Similar rides were located in Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, NY and Exposition Park in Conneaut Lake, PA
1910s

Sea Plane Whirl

  • Manufacturer: Harry Traver Engineering Company (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • Model: Circle Swing
  • Concessionaire, Pierce-Partach
  • Cost was $6,500
  • Six seaplane vehicles, hung from an 80 foot tower
  • (NCN May 29, 1922)
1922

Auto Racer

  • Manufacturer: Harry Traver Engineering Company (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • Model: Auto Ride
  • Small gasoline powered cars
  • Maximum speed of 18 Miles Per Hour
  • Similar to the model still operating at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, PA.
1921

Carousel #3

  • Manufacturer: Philadelphia Toboggan Company
  • Model: PTC #64R
  • A new circular pavilion was constructed to replace the previous
  • Cost: $28,000
1922

Swimming Pool #3

  • Concessionaire, William (Billy) Glen
1922

Cascade Flyer Miniature Railway (Train #1)

  • Concessionaire, D. Marcomb
  • Manufacturer: Miniature Railway Company
  • Model: Cagney Class D
  • Cost $35,000
1922

Miniature Swings

  • Manufacturer: W.F. Mangels Company (Coney Island, NY)
  • Concessionaire: T.E. Dukes
1922

Mix-Up

  • Concessionaire: Bert St. Clair
1922

The Gorge

  • Concessionaire: William (Billy) Glen
  • Engineer: Miller and Baker (New Castle News, May 29, 1922)
  • Cost: $36,000
  • Hardware and cars were purchased from the Philadelphia Toboggan Company

1922


Big Eli Wheel

  • Manufacturer: Eli Bridge Company (Jacksonville, IL)
  • Model: 12 Car
  • Concessionaire: 
1923-

Tumble Bug #1

  • Manufacturer: Harry Traver Engineering Company (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • Cost: $12,000
  • Concessionaire: Pierce-Partach
  • Five cars riding on a wavy track
1923
 

Fun House

  • Located near Carousel
  • Cost to build: $6,000
  • Concessionaire: William (Billy) Glenn
1924

Whip #1

  • Manufacturer: W.F. Mangels Company (Coney Island, NY)
  • Concessionaire: Bert St. Clair
1924

Mix-Up

  • Manufacturer: Harry Traver Engineering Company (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • Chain swing ride with 36 seats suspended on chains 26 feet off of the ground that swung out 65 feet from center pole
1924

Old Mill #2

  • Manufacturer: Harry Traver Engineering Company (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • Concessionaire: C. Rarick
  • Cost $28,000
1925

Tilt-A-Whirl

  • Manufacturer: Sellner Manufacturing (Faribault, MN)
  • Cost $28,000
1920s

Kiddie Ferris Wheel

  • Manufacturer: W.F. Mangels Company (Coney Island, NY)
1920s
 

Brownie Coaster

  • Manufacturer: W.F. Mangels Company (Coney Island, NY)
  • Concessionaire was T.E. Dukes
1926

Laff-in-the-Dark

  • Manufacturer: Harry Traver Engineering Company (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • Concessionaire: J. Davis
  • Cost: $12,000
  • Two seater cars riding on 825 feet of irregular track
1927

Ferris Wheel

  • Manufacturer: Eli Bridge Company (Jacksonville, IL)
  • Model: 12 Car
  • Final Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1940s-1984

Pony Track

  • Final Concessionaire: Arthur P. Parshall
1945-1950s

Train #2

  • Manufacturer: MTC/Herschell
  • Model: 6-16 Locomotive
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1950s-1984

Comet

  • Designer & Builder: Paul Vesco
  • Rolling Stock Manufacturer: National Amusement Devices
  • Known as the Gorge, 1955-1956; renamed the Comet in 1957
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  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco

1955-1984


Rocket Ships

  • Manufacturer: Harry Traver Engineering Company (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • Model: Circle Swing
  • Vehicle Manufacturer: Chambers
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1950s-1984

Kiddie Carousel

  • Manufacturer: King Amusement Company (Mt. Clemens, MI)
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1950s-1984

Pony Cart

  • Manufacturer: King Amusement Company (Mt. Clemens, MI)
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1950s-1984

Kiddie Boats

  • Manufacturer: Alan Herschel (North Tonawanda, NY)
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1950s-1984

Kiddie Rockets

  • Manufacturer: Alan Herschel (North Tonawanda, NY)
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1950s-1984

Kiddie Spinning Tubs

  • Manufacturer: Hampton Amusement Company (St. Louis, MO)
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1950s-1984

Merry-Go-Round #4

  • Manufacturer: Alan Herschel (North Tonawanda, NY)
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
  • Housed in the old 1922 Merry-Go-Round building
  • Aluminum Horses
  • Many horses were stolen after the park closed in the mid 1980s
1956-1984

Ferris Wheel

  • Manufacturer: Eli Bridge Company (Jacksonville, IL)
  • Model: 12 Car
  • Final Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1940s-1984

Tumble Bug #1

  • Manufacturer: Harry Traver Engineering Company (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • Cost $12,000
  • Five cars riding on a wavy track
  • Concrete footers from track are still visible on the hillside above the creek
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1956

Cascade Park Hook & Ladder

  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
  • This was a miniature fire truck that carried guests around the park grounds.
1950s

Skooter (Bumper Car #2)

  • Manufacturer: Lusse Brothers’ Auto-Skooter (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Model: Auto Skooter
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
  • Replaced the old Dodge’M cars
  • 20 cars
1955 – 1984

Mini Golf

  • Located between the Dance Pavilion and Rt. 65
  • Concessionaire: ???
1955 – 1999

Jumpsville

  • Concessionaire:
  • Trampolines
1961 – 1962

Whip #2

  • Manufacturer: W.F. Mangels Company (Coney Island, NY)
  • Came from West View Park, West View, PA after the park closed in 1977
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1979-1984

Kiddie Tractors

  • A dozen or so gas-powered, tiny tractors traveled down a concrete path, in an oblong circle
  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1960s-1984

Lake Paddleboat

  • Concessionaire: Paul Vesco
1960s-1984

Go-Karts

  • Located in the parking lot, this was the last amusement ride installed at Cascade Park and was located on the site of the park’s first roller coaster.
  • Concessionaire: 
1897

Water Bugs

  • Were located on the hillside between the parking lot and the floral steps.
  • Concessionaire: 
1979-1984

 

Kiddieland was located along the lower midway of the park, across the creek from the picnic groves.  Cascade’s ride lineup fluctuated over the years with lots of kiddie rides switched out from time to time.