Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

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Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

Postby Magnum PA » Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:37 pm

The recent photo tour of the old Lincoln Park reminded me that I had these pictures on my computer from the summer before last. We gave ourselves a tour of the property (no breaking and entering - it was open). Rocky Springs Park is now a bed and breakfast. Many of the old park's buildings are in tact, including the gorgeous carousel building. Enjoy!
From River.jpg
This is the view looking up at the park and carousel house from the bank of the Conestoga River, where the original Lady Gay boat would drop guests off.
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A peek inside the carousel house. Massive.
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A look at the ceiling of the carousel house. Looks like work has been done. Rumor had it, a few years back, that the original carousel was heading back this way to return home. It never happened.
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Old snack stand, which now has a timeline history of the park posted inside.
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Old, weathered restrooms. Spooky.
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I never noticed the word 'Dies' in 'Ladies' until I saw this sign in this eerie context... Still, this is just a small example of the intricacies of an old amusement park. Even the bathrooms had stone-carved signs.
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Old arcade/games building. I love the old-school name.
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Old ticket booth. 15 cent rides? Yes please. The star of the show is sitting to the right of the booth...
Wildcat.jpg
The train from Rocky Springs 1928 Wildcat. They don't make them like that anymore. It's on display under a pavilion as you enter the property, near where the coaster stood until the early 90's.
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Wildcat's wheel assembly. A little TLC and this thing could still ride... Doubt it, but it's a nice thought.
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An old brochure I found somewhere online that I saved years ago.
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Re: Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

Postby Ccron10 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:43 pm

Cool! I bowled at Rocky Springs Lanes a few years ago for a high school tournament and I didn't know at the time I was at part of the old park. Some of the land has been turned into a housing development, but it's good to see that there's more still there than what I expected. I think I might consider stopping by there sometime.

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Re: Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

Postby cal1br3tto » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:24 am

I love TRs like this, although I must admit they make me sad. The train photos were especially heart-wrenching.
I definitely wouldn't miss a chance to explore this kind of place, myself! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

Postby Dailey Enterprizes » Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:46 am

This is probably what Conneaut Lake would look like if it decided never to open again. Very sad pictures, but it appears to be in good shape in spite of it being out of commission for so long. I love those old PTCs, they remind me of the old Racer trains that used to be at Kennywood. It'd be awesome if they could rock those trains out because the newer PTCs they have on it now suck...

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Re: Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

Postby Brandy524 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:53 pm

Love to see pictures of old places like this! That train is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

Postby Magnum PA » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:40 pm

There's definitely a mix of feelings as you walk around a place like this. You feel a bit of happiness, sadness, eeriness, and coolness because it is really neat to see how things once were.

My wife and I actually had our wedding reception there a few years back. People were free to walk the grounds. We even have a picture with the Wildcat train, with me in my tux and my wife in her wedding gown. Had the train not been so dirty, we would have sat in the train for a picture. Looking back on it, I wish we had. It would have been a cool picture, and clothes can be cleaned.

Oh, and I found one more picture from our wedding photos.
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Looking down toward the river past the carousel house. The place can be gorgeous.
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Postby saginawhxc » Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:47 am

Love this kind of stuff. Thanks for posting this.

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Re: Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

Postby CorkscrewFoley » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:51 am

The inside of the carousel house reminds me of the movie Carnival of Souls.

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Re: Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

Postby imawesome1124 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:00 am

I love these kinds of TR's. It is cool to try and picture what the parks were like when they were open, but it is sad to think of all the families that had great times in these parks, and to see them in this state makes me sad.

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Re: Rocky Springs Photos- Lancaster, PA

Postby Sir Clinksalot » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:41 pm

I love stuff like this. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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