Monday, March 16, 2009

Coney Vid: Very Short 'Shoot The Chutes' Clip

Too short to mean anything film clip, but this old 1896 vintage not-seen-before clip of the Chutes from Sea Lion Park is sure to be of some interest to Coney lovers and enthusiasts.

Chutes in Sea Lion Park, Coney Island 1896

Filmed June 18-23, 1896. Edison Manufacturing Co. A lively scene on the famous water chutes at Coney Island. This is the original Shoot the Chutes designed and built by Captain Paul Boynton. He was inspired by Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893 to build an outdoor amusement park. Boynton opened Sea Lion Park, the worlds first enclosed outdoor amusement park two years later. Boynton's venture inspired George C. Tilyou, who built Steeplechase Park next door. Boynton would eventually sell his park to Fred Thompson and Elmer Dundy who would rebuild it into Luna Park, one of the most successful amusement playgrounds that Coney Island would ever have.

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