Keeping up with past and present happenings in a remarkable small town.
The merry-go-round horses are now part of the decor at the South Coast Plaza Mall in Costa Mesa, California. Thanks for your blog. I left Butler in 1960. Walt Lewis
Alameda Park opened in 1901. It was owned by the Butler Passenger Railway.
Alameda was/is a great place to spend time in nature but one can't remember Alameda without mentioning Dick Fry who was the caretaker. He was a wonderful man who always made us feel welcome.He & his wife, Fritz, were like another set of parents for us.
I used to live on West Penn Street and the street car tracks to Alemeda park ran past our house. My Father had a band and they would play in the dance hall on the hill at Alemeda.
Can anyone tell me where the pavillion stands now or used to be? I was there with my metal detector looking for old relics of the past only to find nothing but new coins near the carousel. Is there a map showing where the old parts were in the park? I love walking thru there. Kurtcaptainkurt25@yahoo.com
I was on the original crew of about 6-8 high school and college students hired by the county to start cleaning, painting, improving and renovating the park in June of 1967. If anyone would like info on our adventures I would be happy to post more of what I remember from that first summer.Tom Menchyktom@menchyk.com
My dad used to tell me stories of how they rode the streetcar to the park and how nice it was with the rollercoaster and pool what fun they had
If anyone is willing to share info or old pictures of Alemeda Park, maybe be interested in taking a walk I'd love to walk through Alemeda Park and know how things actually looked like back then. I'd like to know more about the roller coaster and everything.
There are many pictures of Alemeada Park in the Butler History Books. Look in Lost Butler and the Pictorial Butler History by Jean Purvis
I have researched the park for several years and will most likely be giving a PowerPoint presentation on it in the Spring. Included will be a video on what it was like to ride the coaster and its history.
The carousel at Alameda Park was sold in the late 60's early 70's. It was said to have sold for $15,000.00, about what one horse is valued at today. Ed Dietz, a local carnival show owner was the owner at the time of the sale. Mr Dietz lived on the corner of Monroe and Locust Streets.
Where did you get the info on it being sold by Ed Dietz?
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