Palace Amusements was a historical indoor amusement park in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA. It was famous for having one of America's greatest hand-carved carousels, for its Ferris wheel that carried passengers for more years than any other in history, and for inspiring a generation of artists, photographers and songwriters (including Bruce Springsteen). Thanks to its iconic wall murals, including an grinning fun face knowing as Tillie, the Palace was the most identifiable building on the Jersey Shore. Honored by a place on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, the Palace operated for 100 years (from 1888 to 1988). Demolition, in 2004, came over the protest of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Asbury Park Historical Society, Preservation New Jersey, and the Save Tillie organization. Prior to demolition, Save Tillie rescued over 125 artifacts from inside the Palace, and three wall murals (including Tillie) that are now in storage, for reuse when a new building is constructed on the Palace lots. Six Flags New England, an amusement park in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... The crumbling roof of a Howard Johnsons on the boardwalk in Asbury Park Asbury Park is a city located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. ... State nickname: The Garden State Other U.S. States Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Governor Richard Codey (acting) Official languages None defined Area 22,608 km² (47th) - Land 19,231 km² - Water 3,378 km² (14. ... Bruce Springsteen on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. ... Categories: Stub ...
In May 26, 2005, on the one year anniversary destruction of the Palace, the Save Tillie group launched the official on-line museum, http://www.palaceamusements.com.
Photos of the now destroyed Palace Amusements (http://www.side-o-lamb.com/Palace.html)
Categories: US buildings and structures stubs | Defunct amusement parks | Destroyed landmarks | Demolished buildings
Despite its remarkable survival through the Depression, the Palace suffered from a serious loss of revenue which hampered August Williams' ability during the late 1930s to replace the old familiar rides with newer thrills; obviously, something had to change soon if the Palace was to operate beyond its 50th season.
This property connected the existing Palace to Cookman Avenue, and ran parallel to a pedestrian walkway that for years had served as the Cookman Avenue entry to the Palace and an exit for patrons of the Lyric Theatre.
In the first Palace expansion since 1903, Lange and Resnick installed 3,000-square feet of arcade games, but after several seasons, while Lange was serving in the U.S. Army, Resnick replaced the arcade with a Donkey Ride, one of the strangest attractions ever at the Palace.
PalaceAmusements was a historical indoor amusement park in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA.
It was famous for having one of America's greatest hand-carved carousels, for its Ferris wheel that carried passengers for more years than any other in history, and for inspiring a generation of artists, photographers and songwriters (including Bruce Springsteen).
Thanks to its iconic wall murals, including a grinning fun face knowing as Tillie, the Palace was one of the most identifiable building on the Jersey Shore.
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