|Title||Playland Amusement Park fire, Bitter Lake, August 18, 1953 |
|Caption||On August 18, 1953, a weed burning machine in Playland Amusement Park's "Tunnel of Love" caught fire. The fire spread to the Ferris wheel, the Dodgem cars, and the Dipper roller coaster. Despite the dramatic look of the fire, Playland was able to reopen the next evening with only three rides closed.|
Playland Amusement Park opened in 1930 what is now north Seattle. It soon attracted many area residents who rode the giant roller coaster, competed in regular dance marathons, and watched July 4th fireworks reflected in Bitter Lake. Over the years, Playland's owners added a water slide, a haunted house, a roller skating rink, and many other popular rides and attractions. The amusement park closed in 1961.
|Notes||Handwritten on sleeve: Fires - Seattle - Playland Amusement (Park).|
Caption information source: P-I research files.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): September 2, 1953.
|Subjects||Fires--Washington (State)--Seattle; Amusement parks--Washington (State)--Seattle; Smoke--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle|
Bitter Lake (Seattle, Wash.)
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||PI22977 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 safety film negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from print made from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |