Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill)

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Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill)

Postby Kozmo 1 » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:54 am

Thought it was cool how they went back and gave Bushkill half what they made on the banners...hope they do get open again someday.
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Re: Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill

Postby jamwa53 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:26 am

If anyone missed it, you can watch it here.

http://www.history.com/shows/american-p ... anner-pick
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Re: Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill

Postby Kozmo 1 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:22 am

2 things:

Anyone notice the Krazy Kars pieces in the one building they looked through? Saw seat backs in a pile and other parts stacked up in the building, also looked like the inner tube outside parts laying outside. Wasn't aware they had those, almost certain they are NOT Dorney's though. The parts seen are bright green and yellow not anything close to the pastel colors Dorney's were in last.

Also, anyone know what the real deal is on Buskill? Information seems to be very contradicting that I'm looking up on google. Is Fehnel (guy on the show) really the "good guy" portrayed in the show? Or is he really responsible for the park not being cleaned up and is actualy quite wealthy and could afford to get the work done but looks for handouts instead? I'd really like to know the true story if anyone knows....very intrested in the park and wish it would reopen.
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Re: Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill

Postby Kozmo 1 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:30 am

Found this cool gallery of Bushkill from back in 2006....wasn't aware that they really did reopen (if only for a short time) and really did have alot of new rides onsite.

http://www.amusementpics.com/Bushkill%20Park%202006.htm
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Re: Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill

Postby dorneydude » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:08 pm

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Re: Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill

Postby eastcoasterdude » Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:34 pm

i know neal personally,he is an avergae guy that ran the park for years using alot of his own money,in no way shape or form would he have the kind of cash needed to get that place up and running again.the flood destroyed 90% of the park and rides.he is a good guy and tried for years to keep the place running,but when the flood came it was just to devastating to the rides and grounds.and the mopney that was gotton from the sale of the canvas was givin back to the pickers and put into a seperate account to be used if the park reopens.
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Re: Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill

Postby dorneydude » Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:39 pm

how does someone who does not have $$$$ ever get to own a park to begin with? Was there no Flood insurance...after the first flood you'd think they would have gotten insurance...unless it just cost waaaaay to much...Neil needs to get his story out there...maybe people would help out if they knew t he real story.
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Re: Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill

Postby strwrse1 » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:32 pm

Having worked in insurance, rates for flood insurance in a flood zone are near non-affordable unless it is government subsidized. Being a small park with huge debt, unlikely he could secure this, so no, he probably got very little insurance money from the floods. And since the land would not be worth much due to its location in a flood plain, doubt he could even sell it at this point.
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Re: Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill

Postby dorneydude » Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:16 pm

so bye bye bushkill...sad.
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Re: Anyone catch American Pickers the other night? (Bushkill

Postby Hooky965 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:14 pm

The days for parks like this passed a while ago. Personally, i love the idea of a small local park to serve the community, but the reality is that the operations costs associated with such a venture (presumably operating older rides) are very high. Couple that with insurance (and that being for parks that are not even in flood zones), and you have a no-win scenario for any of these parks. The fact of the matter is that successful modern amusement parks have raised the bar to the point where small parks just can't compete, even on a much smaller field. The window of enjoyment for those going to these parks usually centers around the very young, and honestly this window closes the moment that these kids go to a larger park with more stuff. I truly wish that there were more community parks like Bushkill around, but the economics of these ventures are just too steep in the modern era.
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