I did a little research and learned about Island Park in Easton. It was conveniently located on an actual Island on the Lehigh River, right by the Route 33 Boat Launch. So we figured let's take the boat out, fish, and check out the old park.
(rcdb entry) http://rcdb.com/pd1477.htm
To quote the Easton Express Times: "Built in July of 1894, Island Park on the Lehigh River was a popular amusement park advertised as "the most beautiful recreation resort in eastern Pennsylvania."
Advertisements in early 1900s editions of The Easton Express also referred to the park on Smith's Island as "The People's Popular Playground" and "Nature's Beauty Spot."
For nearly 25 years, park-goers enjoyed rides such as an early figure-eight-style toboggan roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, pony rides and the old mill.
There were concerts, Vaudeville shows, minstrels, and plays in an open-air theater known as the Casino and a nearby band shell. Among the band shell's many concerts was one featuring legendary march composer John Phillip Sousa.
The 100-acre island was also home to a bathing beach, sand pit, boating and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy.
Open-air trolley cars helped shuttle passengers back and forth from the bustling park, with trips running every five minutes.
Others visitors could elect to walk the "Donkey Bridge" instead.
But heavy ice flows along the river frequently damaged the trolley-trestle. That damage, in addition to severe flooding sustained in 1919, made repairs too costly, and the park was closed."
To start, here is the boat:
Here is a little Bass I caught:
If you haven't seen the impressive Route 33 Bridge from underneath, here it is:
Here is the head of the Island (the Island is really long, it is said to be 100 acres. The other side of the island has a navigable waterway with depths of up to 20 feet):
This is the most noticable artifact of what is left (it is amazing this lasted since the park closed in 1917) It appears to be either the trolley bridge or the donkey walking bridge:
Here is a closer picture of the old Bridge:
As you can see the island is really grown in:
Here is the dam just past the end of the island, this is right by the Hugh Moore Park where they do the canal rides and stuff.
Here is the other end of the Island:
Here is the waterway, note this is not the main waterway, it still is navigable though with depths of up to 10 feet, we almost had to walk it through the other end though because it got really shallow.
There is a little waterway that goes into the center of the island, this waterway was obviously put there, I would love to know the history of this park and have seen it in its hayday.
This is another picture of that waterway.
I hope you have found my post interesting, it was really neat checking that out. I wish I could know more about the history of this park and everything. It is a wonder though that this stuff still remains, since the park closed in 1919.