Palisades Amusement Park

Cliffside Park, New Jersey, USA

Defunct, Operated from 1898 to 9/12/1971

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Big Scenic RailwayWoodSit Down19111944
Broadway TripSteelSit Down1967
CometWoodSit Down19211925
CycloneWoodSit Down19271934
CycloneWoodSit Down19459/12/1971
Figure 8WoodSit Down1908
Giant CoasterWoodSit Down19529/12/1971
Giant CoasterWoodSit Down19191926
Jet StarSteelSit Down19691971
Lake Placid BobsledWoodBobsled19371946
Love BugsSteelSit Down19689/12/1971
SkyrocketWoodSit Down19261944
Toboggan RacerWoodSit Down19111925
Virginia ReelWoodSit Down1944
Wild MouseWoodSit Down19579/12/1971
WildcatSteelSit Down19699/12/1971

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Former names:Schenck Brothers Palisade Park (1910 to 1935)
Palisades Amusement Park (1908 to 1910)
Park on the Palisades (1898 to 1908)
Categories:Trolley Park
Fan web sites:Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society
History:Originally called "The Park on the Palisades" when the Bergen County Trolley Company opened the park in 1898.  In 1907 the park was purchased by August Neumannm the fist mayor of Cliffside Park.  In 1908 August hired Alvin H. Dexter to add rides and attractions to the park.  The park opened under the name "Palisades Amusement Park" until Alvin died in 1909.  The brothers Joseph and Nicholas Schenck purchased the park in 1910 and renamed it to "Schenck Brothers Palisade Park".  In 1934 the Schenck brothers leased the park to the brothers Jack and Irving Rosenthal.  Rosenthal's bought the park in 1935 after the Schenck Brothers became involved in the movie business.  They then called the park "Palisades Amusement Park".  Jack  Rosenthal died of Parkinson's disease leaving Irving the sole owner of the park.

The parks success later became one the reasons for it's demise.  Due to traffic and parking problems  the town of Cliffside Park rezoned the land Palisades Amusement Park occupied for high rise development in 1967.  This made the land much more valuable.  But Irving did not sell right away, but being in his 70s and with no family to pass the park on to, he finally sold the park to the Texas based Winston Centex corporation for over $12 million.
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