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Roxy: Remember Playland Pier

On his Facebook wall for Remember the Roxy, OrangeTV provides this peek back at the Playland Pier of the 1950s. I believe the pier was at the current site of Independence Point. Anyone remember playing on the ferris wheel and other attractions? (Check out other old-time North Idaho photos at OTV's site here.)

Update: Carousel Returning To CdA

A beloved relic of Coeur d’Alene’s past is coming home. The carousel that spun merriment and memories on the city’s shoreline will be purchased and donated to the community by a couple in Eagle, Idaho. John and Pat Foote, who plan to spend their summers in Coeur d’Alene, have agreed to pay $250,000 for the 20-horse machine that entertained children and families at Playland Pier from the 1940s to the 1970s. John Foote, 66, a retired real estate developer, said he decided to buy the old carousel sight unseen after reading a news article about it while visiting Coeur d’Alene over the holidays. “Isn’t it more fun to see your money used for happiness rather than hoarding it? That’s what this is all about,” he said in a phone interview today. “It’s time to give back”/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Where should the city of Coeur d'Alene locate this carousel?

Letter: Bring Back CdA Carousel

On Christmas Eve I read about the 90-year-old Carousel that used to live at Playland Pier near Independence Point during the ‘40s and ‘50s. Being nearly 75 years old myself - I was in wonderment of these, when I was little. Children now, do not have the opportunity to experience the magical things we had back then. Our community needs to work hard to find the means to have this gem returned to our city. It could go to the park near the children's area or somewhere in the new McEuen field area. We can't let this opportunity pass us by. I would ride again and again/Marj Chapter, Coeur d'Alene Press (letter to the editor).

Question: Would you like to see a carousel returned to Indepedence Point or some other place on the waterfront?

Roxy: Remembering Playland Pier

At Remember the Roxy, OrangeTV’s other blog, OTV posts this 1950s photo of old Playland Pier at what is now Independence Pointer. I’ve been here awhile — since September 1984 — but I don’t remember Playland Pier. Anyone out there who does?

Native resident Jeanne Helstrom recalls on my Facebook page: “I remember Playland Pier! I used to go there a lot when I was little - first grade, even!! A big pier that went out over the water with all kinds of rides, an arcade, snack stands, and a beautiful carousel. Swings that went around and looped out over the water at the end of the pier. Those were the days!!

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