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American Pioneers of Amusement, Part 1

George C. Tilyou

Born in New York City in 1862, George Tilyou moved to Coney Island at age 3. His father set up a restaurant and beach rental business. 955 more words

The Early Rides: Lots of Thrills and Surely Some Spills

One of the things that differentiated the burgeoning amusement park business of the late 19th century from predecessors like fairs and pleasure gardens were mechanical rides. 938 more words

Before There Were Amusement Parks

Amusement parks as we know them did not come into being until the latter part of the 19th century. But there were a host of predecessors, some dating back to the middle ages, ranging from beer gardens to world expositions. 837 more words


Meanwhile . . .

. . . on yet another bookish adventure in my inter-library loan system, this time at the Indian Prairie Library,  I noticed this poster as I started to walk out. 644 more words


Chicago for Gardeners

Urban Oases and Millennium Park

Dateline October 2015. Susan and I had both read Erik Larson’s absolutely spellbinding book, The Devil in the White City: 970 more words


Everyone loves popcorn be in a carnival or during the movies or at times just as a snack. The commercialisation of popcorn machines can be traced to the late 19th century to a gentleman named Charles Cretors from Chicago, Illinois. 68 more words

Fact Food

DataViz: The Devil in White City


One of my favorite books all of times is Erik Larson’s, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. 178 more words