Reawakening of Bushkill Park - to re-open in 2019

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Re: Reawakening of Bushkill Park - to re-open in 2019

Postby liamre4 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:49 pm

This is so cool! :)
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Re: Reawakening of Bushkill Park - to re-open in 2019

Postby larrygator » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:06 pm

One interesting fact about the Fun House, there is no record of when it first operated. The earliest known document mentioning the Fun House are from a 1927 Sanborn Fire Insurance map. Kelly Feathers, the park historian believes it may date back to 1919/1920 but is still hunting for proof.

Over the years the facade has changed many times. Here are a few versions courtesy of the park historian. Some of the photos are screen shots from videos and may not be in focus.

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These first three are from a 1940 video
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Current park owner Sammy Baurkot remembers the politically incorrect image on the right side of the Fun House from his formative years. This photo is from 1953.
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Owner Tom Long, taken sometime between 1960-64
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From 1989
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from the 1990s
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from the 2000s
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Re: Reawakening of Bushkill Park - to re-open in 2019

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:15 pm

The photo from the 1990's is the one I've had for some time. Thanks for the others you've found, Larry.

I am curious as to what "gag" happened in that extended spot, on the right, with a gazebo-like structure around "it"?

Added-on in the 1960's from the photos you've posted. Hmmm. Interesting add-on.
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Re: Reawakening of Bushkill Park - to re-open in 2019

Postby larrygator » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:35 am

The add-on window to the left of the entrance housed Laffing Sal. Bushkill's was almost destroyed in the floods, but the frame was salvaged and Chuck will restore it, just as he has done in the past with another Laffing Sal.
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Re: Reawakening of Bushkill Park - to re-open in 2019

Postby larrygator » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:27 pm

I'll have a update later this week about Bushkill Park, but for anyway that is attending IAAPA, say hi to Chuck Burnham if you run into him. He'll be there walking the floor representing Bushkill Park.
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