Monday, July 8, 2024

McMenamins and Troutdale Historical Society Present

Oregon’s Amusement Parks

Presented by Darrell Jabin

History Pub

Edgefield - Blackberry Hall

6pm doors, 7pm show


All ages welcome

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About Oregon’s Amusement Parks

Oregon’s Amusement Parks

Do you remember the thrill of your first rollercoaster ride? When it opened in 1928, Jantzen Beach was the nation's largest amusement park. Known colloquially as "The Coney Island of the West," the park operated for 42 years before closing on Labor Day in 1970. From the short lived Pixieland to the enduring Oaks Park and more, Oregon's amusement parks have a long and colorful history.

Darrell Jabin, "Oregon's Traveling Historian" has been researching and sharing unique local history since 2009. Darrell's award-winning videos have a growing audience on social media, and he is a prolific history speaker. His presentation on Oregon's amusement parks, carnival rides, and carousel design and construction is informed by interviews from firsthand experiencers and their cherished memories of these beloved parks.

About History Pub

History Pub

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These events are open to everyone interested in Pacific Northwest history, and beyond! Often co-sponsored by local or state historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers, historians and documentaries expounding on topics from indigenous history to the birth of Portland, early explorers to hop growing, and on and on! It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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