Rock Springs Park
by Joseph A Comm
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Number of Pages: 128
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Once described as "a place where God
and man went fifty-fifty to produce perfection," Rock Springs Park
remained a landmark along the Lincoln Highway in Chester until 1970.
In its heyday, this panhandle playground captivated 20,000 visitors
daily with attractions including the World's Greatest Scenic
Railway, the Cyclone Roller Coaster, and a hand-carved 1927 Dentzel
Carousel. Images of America: Rock Springs Park features over 200
rarely seen images and portrays the lifespan of the park from its
history as Native American hunting grounds to its development as a
local trolley park and fully-fledged amusement park. The park hosted
business and community picnic excursions and countless celebrity
entertainers. Performer Bobby Vinton remembers the era of dances at
the park as "a very romantic time...almost like something in the
movies. There was the carousel, the guys in white shoes and girls
that were all dressed up with their crinoline skirts."
About the author
Joseph A. Comm is an
elementary gifted support teacher with an interest in local history.
He studied theatre arts and elementary education at the University
of Pittsburgh, receiving both a bachelor's degree and master's
degree. He grew up in Chester at a time when the sun-bleached
skeleton of the Cyclone bordered his school's ball field and
remembers well the many tales of the magic of Rock Springs Park.