Sunday, February 7, 2010
Fontaine Ferry Park
While everyone else moistens their hankies over the news that Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom is closing its gates forever, come over to my Louisville Mojo column and join in me in remembering a far greater amusement park, one from the old old school - Fontaine Ferry Park.
Had it not been abandoned to rot and eventually burn up in a fire, Kentucky would still have a glorious retro amusement park, nationally revered, on the level of Coney Island or Palisades Park. But now we can only scrutinize old photos and texts, and quietly wonder about the majesty of such Fontaine Ferry rides as the Scenic Railway, the Racing Derby, the Loop-the-Loop, the Velvet Racer, the Comet, the Little Comet, the Whip, the Rock-O-Planes, Ye Olde Mill, the Loop-O-Planes, the Rocket, the Turnpike, the Scrambler, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the House of Mystery, the Tumble Bug, the Haunted House, the Caterpillar, the Scrambler, and the Ghost Train.