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Carousel Organ at Bushkill Park, Easton, PA
By Matthew Caulfield

Here is a "Long" answer to Justin Senneff's question about the
Wurlitzer band organ at Bushkill Park.  Bushkill Park, dating back to
1902, was upgraded to a modern amusement park around 1933 by the late
Tom and Mabel Long, an upgrade which included the acquisition of an
Allan Herschell merry-go-round and a Wurlitzer band organ.

Tom Long was part of the famous Long family of carousel builders/owners
and park operators.  Eldridge Park, Elmira, New York, was operated for
decades by Robert A. Long.  That park closed in 1989, but its carousel
and a couple of attractions have recently been resurrected and made
operational again by local citizens, led by dentist Bob Lyon.  Seabreeze
Amusement Park, Rochester, New York, owned since 1946 by George W. Long
and his descendants, is still going strong in its 129th year, bigger
and better than ever.

Bushkill Park was located right on Easton's Bushkill Creek and, like
Knoebels Grove Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, was subject to periodic
flooding.  But unlike Knoebels, Bushkill Park did not have the means
to withstand the repeated onslaughts.   The 2004 flood resulting from
Hurricane Ivan, followed quickly by three more floodings, caused damage
from which the park never recovered.  It did not open for the 2005
season, and ended up in litigation between rival owners -- much the
same fate as Joyland Amusement Park, Wichita, Kansas, now finds itself
in.  There are currently two rival web sites for Bushkill Park on the
Internet, but the park is dead.

All this is background to the answer to Justin's question.  The carousel
and Wurlitzer band organ is owned by Ron Long, Tom Long's nephew.  The
band organ suffered major water damage, and Ron had hopes of putting it
back together.  But an inspection by band organ expert Dr. Bill Black,
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, declared it a basket case.  Perhaps Dr. Black
will weigh in here with more detailed information about the organ and
its future.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Tue 26 Aug 2008, 15:01:22 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Bushkill, Carousel, Easton, Organ, PA, Park

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