Corner of Phelps Road and Rt. 77
Indian Falls, New York
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Amusement Park 1949 – 1970 site of original Herschell merry-go-round designed by Emily Bourgard & home of Sam Herrington’s miniature steam train
Genesee County Bicentennial
What was there
A 14-acre amusement park on Tonawanda Creek that included a Herschell merry-go-round featuring elaborately carved wooden animals – 32 horses and seven unique animals that included a giraffe, an elephant, a camel, a reindeer with real horns, a lion, tiger, and a polar bear. There was also a Ferris Wheel and miniature steam train. Some say they had very good french fries. :-D
In 1930, the designer of the carousel died when she bent over to pick up a fallen ticket and was struck by the knee of one of the wooden horses.
What is there now
The location of the marker does not seem to be on the actual site of the park. On our visit, we could not locate any evidence of exactly where the park was. After viewing the newspaper articles listed below, we now hope to return to see if we can find it.
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