West View History Part 1

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West View History Part 1 - West View was among best parks By Charles...
West View was among best parks By Charles Jacques Jr. tricaUy-operated launches. The parked book more than 100 "West~View'~Parh^~age "71: · will--nics~during~the-~first-seasonsr-Tne/ close. This headline greeted newspaper readers on Friday morning. Sept. 30. 1977. The btury went on to say that-the board of directors of West View Park Co. had voted to halt opertions. In 1905.T.M. (TheodoreM.I Harton and young Fred Henninger, who is better known for his longtime association association with Kennywood Park, leased 18.42 acres of swamp land on the Bellevue Trolley Loop for $3,000 a year to build West View Amusement Park Spending nearly a quarter of a million million dollars to build his new park. Harton made West View one of the finest in the country. On May 20.1906. the Pittsburgh Post reported. "Nothing "Nothing is lacking and when quitting time arrived last night the hundreds of carpenters, tinners, roofers, plumbers, plumbers, artisans of all trades and labor- eres who have_been__working for. month*:, saw their worked about completed...." completed...." Prior to 1906. Harton had built' many roller coasters, carousels and Ferris-wheels-in amusement-parks in- the eastern United States and Europe Europe The new park, of course, included included a Harton Co. specialty, a figure-eight figure-eight roller coaster. The park's carousel, also built by the T.M. Harton Co.. was one of the largest in Pittsburgh and one of the latest models, featuring jumping horses. Other attractions included Hale's Tour of the Worlds and a large Dance Pavilion. For the park's second season, season, a Katzenjammer Castle was added. On the Park's 5-acre lake the Pittsburgh Leader reported in June 1906 .that "West View is becoming more popular daily." The Oips, West View's most famous famous roller coaij»f, was built by T.M. Harton Co.Tfi 1910. Erwin and Edward Vettel from Sandusky, Ohio, worked on this new coaster. The Dips was the first coaster in Pennsylvania with dips more than 30 feet deep. At first the new coaster wasn't called The Dips, but was only advertised as the "sensational $25.000 ride." West View added a fun house. Hilarity Hall, in 1915. In 1917. the Speed-O-Plane coaster was completed completed and in 1919 the'Whip -was purchased from Mangel Co. of Coney Island. -^- T.M. Harton died of pneumonia on March I. 1919. in his Pittsburgh home. West View Park and the rest his ride empire were saved for the Harton--famHy- when--Olive-Harton Jones, a sister, paid Marlon's widow. Laura Barker Harton. $180,000 for her one half share of T.M. Harton The Harton Co. under T.M. Harton had been a partnership, but under direction of Olive Harton Jones it incorporated. The 1920s were a period of innovation in amusement park rides and expansion in amusement parks. The old side-friction coasters were being replaced with new high- speed models which featured wheels undi 1 : the track. Some of West View's new rides in the '20s included a second merry-go- round, a caterpillar from Traver Engineering Engineering Co. and a skooter ride Lusse Co

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  1. North Hills News Record,
  2. 20 Jul 1985, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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