Photographer's Note

This is a view of the Big Run Falls around which Cascade Park is located. If you look toward the lower left corner of the frame, you will seee what looks like the remnants of a bridge, or so I thought when I took the photo. It turns out that they are the remnants of a roller coaster that used to be in Cascade Park.

A year after the park opened, its owners added a carousel, baseball park, theater, and a dance pavilion (the pavilion is still standing). At the time, the dance pavilion was the largest in the state of Pennsylvania. A new roller coaster, The Gorge, was also added in 1922. In the 1950s, Paul Vesco entered into a contract with the city to operate the park. He removed the original Gorge and replaced it with a new roller coaster of his own design, originally using the same name (Gorge), but several years later he changed the name to The Comet. The coaster cars were built by National Amusement Devices, in their popular Century Flyer style. The coaster's highest point was 65 feet (20 m) and boasted a 2,400-foot (730 m) track length. One of the coaster's most unusual features was that it was built on the edge of a valley. Most roller coasters of the day were towed up to the highest point by a chain and as the energy and momentum of the coaster was expended, the hills got smaller towards the end. The Gorge/Comet was different in that it left the station at ground level and "fell" into the valley, so the first drop was actually the 2nd biggest drop. The coaster went down the valley, turned around and went up a chain hoist to the opposite side of the valley. It then turned around and dropped into the valley for the coaster's biggest dip and came back up the hill to return into the back of the station. A photo in the Lawrence County Memoirs shows what the roller coaster looked like. The coaster was damaged in 1982 when a tree fell on it. By this time the area had fallen on hard economic times, and the Comet was torn down several years later.

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Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Lens: 3.8-247.0 mm
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0 Macintosh
File Size: 1340 kb
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Exposure Time: 1/800
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal length: 5.13 mm (in 35mm: 28.3 mm)
Date Taken: 2017-03-10 11:21
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode

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Additional Photos by Murat Tanyel (mcmtanyel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5170 W: 245 N: 10988] (40869)
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