Newfane in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Olcott Amusement Park
In the early 1950s the Olcott Amusement Park was a prime destination for both adults and children. This map shows how the Olcott Amusement Park (Olcott Beach Carousel Park) looked at the time. [left margin] Ontario Street
Carousel A three-row Allan Herschell, the carousel of the time was complete with a wurlizter military band organ.
Ferris Wheel Located in front of the carousel, the park's tallest ride gave visitors a pristine view of the park and surrounding Olcott.
Milk Bottle Game A classic game, aluminum nilk cans were set up in a pyramid formation and knocked down with baseballs.
Fuzzy Cats Made of leather with fray around the outside, these cats seemed to occupy more space than they really did, an optical illusion mastered only by the most skilled players!
Pick Up A Duck Still popular today, this game made everyone a winner with the numbers on the bottom of the ducks.
Roller Skate Game At this game, a roller skate was pushed between two rubber bands and whoever it stopped in front of was the winner.
Sky Fighter This Allan Herschell ride had eight rocket ships that raised and lowered with realistic firing guns
Kiddie Boat Ride A six boat Allan Herschell ride, complete with a real water tank.
Kiddie Auto Ride Eight all metal cars and fire trucks outfitted this ride.
Penny-Pitch In this game, cigarette packs with small marks on them were arranged in a square and if you could land a penny on the mark, you had won a pack of cigarettes.
Caterpillar One of the main attractions, this ride had a wavy track with a canvas cover that would raise and lower, only for the bravest riders! Years later, this ride was replaced with the ever popular bumper cars.
Ring Toss At this game, small pegs attached to a board had prizes rubber banded to them. If you get a ring on a peg, you win the prize.
Balloons & Darts Game The classic game, players threw darts and popped balloons in order to win a prize.
Concessions As all Amusement Parks must have, This Park offered hotdogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and ice cream cones to visitors!
Erected 2005 by Girl Scout Award Project, Carly Patterson.
Topics. This historical marker is listed Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1950.
Location. 43° 20.327′ N, 78° 42.814′ W. Marker is in Newfane, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Ontario Street, 0.1 miles west of Franklin Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in the hamlet of Olcott (Olcott Beach), within the gated Olcott Beach Amusement Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5979 East Main Street, Buffalo NY 14216, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kiddie Whistle Pig Ferris Wheel (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Kelly Rustic Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Those Who for Their Splendid Spirit of Duty (within shouting distance of this marker); Olcott Beach (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); One Country and One Flag (about 500 feet away); Lakeview (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Stone Marking the Northernmost Point of the Transit Surveyed by Joseph Ellicott (approx. 0.9 miles away); Home of James Van Horn (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newfane.
More about this marker. There is no park admission, however park hours of operation are limited.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.