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Rides

Wagon Rides

During the Park's summer season, wagon rides are available to our guests daily. The horse-drawn wagon rides are a relaxing way to gain an overview of the Historical Village.

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The Whip

William F. Mangels, a successful carnival and amusement park ride designer and manufacturer, built and patented the first Whip in 1914; installing it at Luna Park in Coney Island, New York. The Whip was the world's first thrilling ride, and was a fairground mainstay for several decades...

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The Caterpillar

Before the start of the 20th century, rides were not the main attraction at local fairs and travelling shows. It was felt that a fair's purpose was to educate and provide a location for socializing, not to entertain. After 1900, when government agencies and agricultural schools took over the role of rural educator, carnivals became more entertainment oriented. Shows, games of chance and rides such as this one, which runs on a circular, undulating track, enjoyed increasing popularity...

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Dangler Swings

Fritz Kreis, a leading German manufacturer of amusement park rides, built this swing in 1920 as a one-off project. Before the Dangler Swings were acquired by Jim Conklin, this ride was the largest of its kind in Europe...

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Conklin Lakeview Amusement Park

While the settlers of Western Canada worked hard, it is often forgotten that they took time to play. In Victorian times, it was widely believed that leisure activities were a necessary part of a productive life, and settlers threw themselves as wholeheartedly into their entertainments as they did into their work...

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Children's Boat Swing

Swing rides, many incorporating boat-shaped vehicles, remain a common feature at amusement parks and carnivals today. Franz Glaser built this one-of-a-kind set of boat swings circa 1920 in what was then known as Czechoslovakia...

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Baby Eli Wheel

The Eli Bridge Company of Jacksonville, Illinois, began manufacturing Baby Eli wheels in 1923. This ride, likely produced during the mid-1920s, was specifically designed with young children in mind, and can hold 12 small riders in six seats...

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The Whip

William F. Mangels, a successful carnival and amusement park ride designer and manufacturer, built and patented the first Whip in 1914; installing it at Luna Park in Coney Island, New York. The Whip was the world's first thrilling ride, and was a fairground mainstay for several decades.

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Big Eli Ferris Wheel

The Sullivan family's Eli Bridge Company is still going strong after more than a century, and has sold portable Ferris wheels to places as far away as India. The Eli Bridge Company sold this No. 5 Big Eli Wheel to Alonzo Palmer of St. Thomas, Ontario, in 1923, and subsequent owners used it at carnivals around Ontario. Jim Conklin, of Conklin and Garrett Ltd., purchased the wheel for his antique midway display in 1977, and he donated it to Heritage Park in 1984.

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The Caterpillar

Before the start of the 20th century, rides were not the main attraction at local fairs and travelling shows. It was felt that a fair's purpose was to educate and provide a location for socializing, not to entertain. After 1900, when government agencies and agricultural schools took over the role of rural educator, carnivals became more entertainment oriented. Shows, games of chance and rides such as this one, which runs on a circular, undulating track, enjoyed increasing popularity.

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