Abandoned Amusements

Rocky Springs Park
Rocky Springs Park

Rocky Springs was an amusement park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that was in operation from 1890 to 1966. The park featured four roller coasters, three made of wood and one of steel.

Their first coaster was a Figure 8, which allowed for more turns and offered riders an alternative experience. It began its run by heading through a wooden tunnel, just high enough to accommodate the passengers. There were newspaper reports of accidents from people standing and hitting their heads, but most considered that part of the fun.

Today there is a Rocky Springs Entertainment Center (bowling alley) and a Rocky Springs Bed and Breakfast. On the 17 acre B&B property, remnants include the carousel building, a snack stand, and this set of cars from the Rocky Springs 1928 Wildcat roller coaster.

Five miles away is a modern amusement park called Dutch Wonderland, with 44 acres of roller coasters, water slides, kid’s shows and campgrounds. Popular with tourists and summer locals, Dutch Wonderland is probably much safer then the old Rocky Springs Park, but I doubt it’s the same alternative experience.

12 thoughts on “Abandoned Amusements

        1. I was just kidding Amanda. A lot of pictures don’t tell a story-that’s one of the goals of photography. To make it obvious exactly whats going on. Unless you like vague and abstract, then anything goes. 🙂

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          1. Well you fooled me. I hope all good pictures do tell a story, but perhaps you are right. Or else I might be vague and abstract? 😉 Lol.
            I do agree that should be our objective, but do you think it is good to leave a little that is unexplained? Like those movies with an ending that leaves you thinking, thinking, and trying to work it out?

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            1. Agreed, we each see different things-I usually see Penguins with umbrellas somewhere in every image. Might be the result of an unresolved childhood trauma.


                    1. I believe it was Dostoevsky that said: Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself. What was your question?


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