Summer fun was waiting at the end of the line

I grew up after the second world war, remember as trolleys and buses the most usual means of transport in cities were. The advent of the second war brought a reprieve for trolley lines as America rationing and the campaign to trolley lines in bus turned to fuel and rubber stopped to convert.


Amusement parks were built then usually at the edge of the city. Transit and the visits to them are in nostalgia for the public adjunct leaked. The parks were wish every child summer. Because of the fun at the moment we started in the Park, children hoped these days, go at least once in the summer ride the rides and a picnic. If you could no picnic basket, you buy always a great hot dog with all the turn and a drink for a quarter.


"Clean, healthy sport, in accordance with the nature" was the motto of the Portland, Oregon Jantzen Beach. It was a place where amusement park could enjoy fun families a day. Vivid memories came flooding back of Jantzen Beach Park every summer go with my mother, a telephone operator, if we the annual telephone company picnic visited there maintained.


Jantzen Beach Amusement Park haled a million dollar playground was opened in May 1928. It was the largest amusement park in America, the more than 123 hectares to Hayden Iceland on the Columbia River, at the northwestern tip of Portland, and just across the River from Vancouver, Washington.


One roller coaster called "the Big Dipper," was to see the biggest of its kind in the West and in the vicinity of the park entrance for pedestrians, was presented as she traveled the interstate highway between Portland and Vancouver. It offered a ride thrill with steep drops from 70 to 35 meters.


The memory lit a smile for a moment; I was just brave enough to ride it once. Jantzen Beach Park and the large car lasted more than four decades and many happy memories for millions of fans amusement park.


The fun house was a popular attraction with a Hall of mirrors and air nozzles in the bottom. These days, most women and girls wore dresses or skirts and it seemed, that the hand-operated air blasts targeted female visitors the most, because they tried their way through the maze to maneuver. Jantzen Beach was also home to a "carry US all," a CW Parker carousel, which in 1921 was built by CW Parker in Leavenworth, Kansas


Carl Jantzen from the famous Jantzen knitting Mills, Portland based manufacturer of bathing suit with the diving girl in the Red swimsuit logo built Jantzen Beach Park. So it is not surprising the Park featured also a large pool, the world's first musical swimming pool and swimmer could enjoy both swimming and underwater music.


Portland of remaining trolley stopped operation 1950 and most of the amusement park visitors came by automobile. The 1960's and ' 70 families were travel being farther from home, amusement parks like Disneyland.


Jantzen Beach Park closed on labor day in 1970 and many of the rides sold to traveling carnival. The building came and went a shopping mall in its place. The carousel c.w. Parker attraction was saved for a function and can be ridden in the Jantzen Beach shopping center.


Back in the days when amusement parks were popular summer entertainment there was little traffic congestion and Jantzen Beach was easy to reach. She could hop a trolley or bus in downtown Portland and be in the amusement park on on the outskirts of the city in 20 minutes. Amusement parks were happy havens for children summer pleasure, and they are full of memories of past times.


Kathy Manney is nationally recognized author autobiographical, lifestyle and travel articles and travel columnist for "The Vegas Voice," a monthly regional senior lifestyle newspaper.


MS Manney born and instructor was born in Portland, Oregon and as an adjunct training teaches hood community college classes in writing for publication at the Mt. in Gresham, Oregon, and the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.


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