quote:Originally posted by cny_chrisOkay, here goes -- there's a bunch of us who are here that are history buffs of the American carnival. My question is, what is the oldest Amusement Ride that is still on the road today (I am not talking about ride type/model, but an individual ride which is "substantially" original (i.e. mechanicals and structure)) here in the United States. I know there are a lot of oldies still in some parks, but I am just interested in those that travel (in this topic). If I had to guess, it would be a kiddie ride or a wheel. So what can you offer to the discussion? Links preferred, but not necessary. I am really interested to see where this one goes![;)]
quote:Originally posted by RideMansecret squirrel, that 1959 Scrambler would be one of the originals, then...as I understand it, the one at Old Town was built in 1957, taken all over the country for a couple of years, then Eli went into production in '59, building quite a few of them that year.I would expect the oldest ride still on the road to be something from Eli, either a ground mount #5 or an Aristocrat. No idea whose would be the oldest, though. The first Tilt-A-Whirl didn't hit the ground until 1926 or so.I wonder how many rides are out there that nobody can remember how old they are...[:D]--Dave Althoff, Jr.
quote:Originally posted by SDS MikeLONG LIVE AMERICAN RIDES!!!
quote:Originally posted by bairbrosCool history SS.Have to agree with 'tar and rideman that the winner of this "contest" would most likely be an Eli wheel.Our Bulgy is a '56
quote:Originally posted by secret.squirrel
quote:Originally posted by SDS MikeLONG LIVE AMERICAN RIDES!!!PREACH ON MY BROTHER!I can't say that too loud, tho - because I know you would like a KMG Freak Out on your show just as much as I would on mine (and that's definately not a US ride...). Then again, I'll take a good Chance Zipper or Flying Bobs any day for sake of well built long lasting American rides...