Historical Views of the Rockaways
His park in Coney Island, Brooklyn known as Steeplechase Park, which had the famous gravity-operated horse ride called ‘The Steeplechase,’ was very successful and it was time to branch out.
Tilyou bought a large hunk of beachfront, boulevard to ocean, on Beach 97 Street … and built an almost identical Steeplechase Park …complete with the gravity-operated Steeplechase horses.
One other popular attraction was the down and out slide, built in a silo-type enclosure.
The slide was rather steep and was similar to a giant auger bit, used by carpenters to drill holes in wood.
Pictured in Historical Views is the same slide, but at Coney Island, where it was called the Dew Drop! As you can see, this slide was enclosed with a lattice work theme, so outsiders could watch the action. As at Rockaway Beach, access was by a stairway … stairs like this were a piece of cake to people of the time (1907). Think you could handle it today? Eh?
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