Wild Mouse Rides: Early History in North America

This page attempts to track the earlier generation of wild mouse rides popular in North America in the 1950s and 1960s. It is limited by its reliance on U.S. sources, particularly the Outdoor and Show News sections of Billboard magazine from 1954-1960. This is very much a work in progress. I have not yet had access to early issues of Amusement Business, which succeeded Funspot and the Show News section of Billboard in 1961. I welcome additions and corrections, and am particularly interested in any information that sheds light on the European side of the business.

The European history of the wild mouse is confusing and somewhat unclear. The first ride of this sort was built by the German Showman Heinrich and was called Teufelskutsche (Devil's Coach). Some sources date this ride to 1934, but the ride appears to have achieved its greatest popularity in the 1950s. Pinfari's first roller coaster, dating from 1954, was a wild mouse-type ride. Mack also claims to have developed the wild mouse. One of their brochures states:

In 1957 Mack built the first and original "Wild Mouse". The coaster was completely made out of wood and installed in Canada.

However, since a Wild Mouse ride had already appeared at the Oktoberfest by 1955, this claim cannot be completely accurate.

In any case, the German ride seems to have captured the imagination of North American ride importers and manufacturers. By the end of 1956, Patty Conklin had purchased a German Wild Mouse ride, and Ben Schiff had built a version. Eric Wedemeyer was arranging to import the German ride, and Joe McKee was designing a stationary version of the ride. For the next few years, wild mouse rides seem to have been among the hottest items (aside from permanent coasters) at parks and fairs in North America.

WILD MOUSE MAKERS AND IMPORTERS

German Manufacturers

The biggest problem here is that the U.S. trade magazines do not identify the manufacturers of imported rides. The information presented here is from a variety of sometimes contradictory sources.

Heinrich developed the ride and produced a number of units for sale or export. Some of the North American rides have been attributed to Heinrich. However, being primarily a showman, Heinrich had limited production capacity.

Clones of the Heinrich ride were produced by Zierer, under agreement from Heinrich. All but the first of the Conklin-imported rides were obtained from this source. Reports about Zierer's previous involvement in roller coaster manufacture are somewhat contradictory.

Heinrich Mack's brochures and web site indicate that they produced their first wild mouse in 1957, and that it was installed in Canada. It is possible that their earliest wild mouse rides were produced solely for export.

The cars for the Conklin-imported rides came from Jhle (Ihle) of Bruchsal. The cars used on the Wild Mouse at Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk were purchased from Buchwald Gebrüder.

It is possible that there may have been additional German manufacturers that were manufacturing or exporting wild mouse rides. Anton Schwarzkopf built a roller coaster as early as 1957, but no evidence for construction of wild mouse rides has been found.

Importers

Eric Wedemeyer, Inc.

Amusement rides formed only a small part of Eric Wedemeyer's business, which included import and export of novelties and specialty gifts, as well as manufacturing (Simplex Tool and Die, Hamilton Art Metal, Hamilton Diecasting). In the amusement field, Wedemeyer was prominent in the mid to late 1950s as the importer of Roto-Jets, Strato-Jets, and Satellite Jets, manufactured in Germany by the firm of Kaspar Klaus. Wedemeyer claimed at the end of 1956 to have sold three German wild mouse rides to Palisades, Pontchartrain, and Whitney's Playland. However, he also mentioned that the German manufacturer had limited production capacity, and stated that an arrangement had been made with the German maker to have Joseph McKee of Palisades duplicate the ride. The rides erected at Palisades and Pontchartrain were constructed domestically, while Whitney's Playland later obtained a German ride from Export Sales. The first Wedemeyer-imported Wild Mouse ride appears to have opened at Boblo Island during the 1957 season. It appears likely that this ride was the first Mack Wild Mouse. Wedemeyer advertised Wild Mouse rides from 1956 until at least the end of 1957, and reported two additional sales in 1958. However, it is not clear what parks bought these rides, and installation has not yet been confirmed. By 1959, Wedemeyer's advertisements no longer mentioned Wild Mouse rides. Wedemeyer stopped importing rides by early 1962.

The Wedemeyer ads in the spring of 1957 are for

The Original "Wild Mouse"
A new Serpentine Roller Coaster
Built for us Exclusively by reliable German manufacturers.
We also undertake to construct this ride on inland locations with factory engineers under supervision of Mr. Joseph McKee, the famous Roller Coaster authority.

By fall of 1957, the ads distinguish the

Original Wilde Maus. Made in Germany. Portable. Sturdy and safe construction. Laminated wooden track. Preconvention showing, Boblo Park, Detroit.

from the

Devil's Coach. A stationary version of the wild mouse. Wooden superstructure built in U.S.A. Laminated tracks. Structural steel and streamlined, strapless cars made in Germany.

Hot Rods Inc.

Morgan C. (Mickey) Hughes and John Christopher were partners in this firm from its founding in 1952 until Christopher's death in 1958. The mainstay of this business in the 1950s consisted of Hot Rods cars imported from Germany. The relationship of Hughes to the Conklin operation is unclear. Many Hughes rides were showcased at the CNE, but since Conklin also imported rides, they may have simultaneously been competitors.

In late 1955, Hughes observed a Wild Mouse ride in operation at the Oktoberfest. He described it for his American audience as having similarities to both Coasters and Virginia Reels, and noted that the German name for the ride (Wilde Maus) came from the skittish movement of the cars. Hughes claimed that he would have the ride on the Conklin midway at the CNE in 1956. However, it appears that he was unable to obtain one this year.

Hughes advertised one or more Wild Mouse rides at least from mid 1958 to early 1960. At the end of 1958, the ads were for

German Wild Mouse Cars
German Wild Mouse--Only 2 More for 1959 Delivery

while in spring 1960, the ads indicated

Available 2 Original German Wild Mouse Rides
Factory New       Immediate Delivery

All examples of Wild Mouse installations cited by the Hot Rods ads during this period were rides imported by Conklin.

J. W. (Patty) Conklin

Conklin first announced the purchase of a German Wild Mouse ride in 1956. This ride was made by Heinrich and was purchased at the Oktoberfest from the showman Willenberg. It was claimed that this was one of only four such rides in existence at that time. The ride first ran on the Conklin midway at the 1957 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto, and was moved to Belmont Park in Montreal the following year.

Conklin purchased two more rides in early 1958, and at least five more in late 1958 or early 1959. These were manufactured by Zierer. Several were sold, several were used on Conklin midways at various locations, and two appear to have remained unsold at least until the end of 1959. It seems likely that the two advertised for sale by Conklin (under the name Fun Cars Ltd.) were the same as the two rides being offered by Hughes/Hot Rods. In late 1958, Conklin advertised

We will take orders for 2 Wild Mouse Rides manufactured in Germany. Delivery can be guaranteed before May 1, 1959. Portable Construction. Simplified Erection. Proven Results.   ...
If anyone wants to build his own Wild Mouse, we will sell complete structural plans. If desired, we can furnish the track and the cars, manufactured in Germany.

Conklin has been credited with providing plans that were used by Wright to build the Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the United Kingdom. Conklin also provided plans used for the Santa Cruz ride. Both rides opened in 1958, and both exhibit significant differences from the original German rides. The wooden track used on the UK rides has a slightly different construction from the original. The Santa Cruz ride used a conventional German-style wooden track, but this was produced by Timber Structures in California. The support structure was modified to meet local building codes. Some photographs of the Santa Cruz ride show a support structure which is partly steel, apparently a later modification.

In late 1959, Conklin advertised

We can deliver two rides immediately!
Don't confuse this ride with the other rides of a similar nature! This is the ORIGINAL ride built in Germany by an established manufacturer. Engineered to proven trouble-free performance with Roller Coaster-type chain drive.

At the end of 1960, Conklin indicated to Kennywood Park that two of the rides would be available for 1961.

Export Sales Corporation, Dallas, Texas & Frankfurt, Germany

This firm, headed by Mack Duce, began advertising wild mouse rides beginning in 1959:

The Original "Wild Mouse"
Built in Germany by the Finest Craftsmen. No other 'Wild Mouse' Ride can equal the design, quality and workmanship.
Immediate Delivery
Export Sales imported the Alpine Racer installed at Whitney's Playland in 1959.

At the end of 1961, this firm was still advertising a "German Wilde Maus." One of these rides was installed at LeSourdsville Lake in 1961. This ride was built by Heinrich.

North American Manufacturers

Joseph McKee

Superintendent of Palisades Park, McKee built the first permanent wooden-structured wild mouse there in 1957. McKee may be responsible for the design of similar wooden wild mouse rides at a number of other locations, but details have been difficult to find. The Palisades and Pontchartrain rides used German-made cars. At the beginning of its opening season, the Palisades mouse used cars borrowed from the Conklin ride.

B. A. Schiff & Associates

Ben Schiff of Miami, Florida, listed a Wild Mouse ride in Billboard's Spring 1956 ride survey and placed a ride in Roseland Park (NY) in mid-1956. This ride would have been the first Wild Mouse of any sort to operate in North America. It may have been removed after an ejection accident in September, 1956. Advertisements at the end of 1956 mentioned rides at Funland Park, Miami, Florida and Havana, Cuba. An estimated 20-30 rides were installed by 1960. Some of these may have been sold through a subsidiary called Amusement Industries Supply Corporation. The earliest rides were not designed to be portable, and the installation for the 1957 Kentucky State Fair required two weeks.

In early 1959, Schiff introduced a smaller portable version of the Wild Mouse. Schiff may have stopped producing the larger version in the United States, but sold the manufacturing rights to Butlin in the UK.

Carll & Ramagosa

In addition to their other business interests, the operators of Casino Arcade Park in Wildwood built rides, showcased them at their parks, and then sold them. A wild mouse was installed at their new Sportland Pier in 1957. This ride was initially themed as Up-'n-Atom. The ride was relocated when the pier was expanded, and was later renamed Flying Tiger. A second ride was sold to Pacific Ocean Park, where it was named Flying Fish. The POP Flying Fish had a track structure that appears identical to that of the Schiff rides, although the Flying Fish-themed cars appear to be quite different.

Miler Manufacturing

Carl Miler (often mis-spelled as Miller, potentially causing confusion with a more famous roller coaster designer) appears to have built a few rides each year, booked them into fairs, and then sold them--three portable roller coasters were on the U. S. fair circuit in 1957. Miler first offered a Wild Mouse ride at the end of 1957. The first of these all-steel coasters was delivered to Royal American Shows in 1958. It was designed, in collaboration with Carl Sedlmayr, Jr., to be easier erect than previous wild mouse rides. Although an erection time of 6 hours was planned, the first set-up (in Saskatoon) required twice that. This was reduced to 8-10 hours (in Regina, Saskatchewan) using a crew of 21 for the second set-up. To improve portability, Royal American modified the ride at the start of the 1959 season. Miler produced at least one additional portable model and two park models.

Allan Herschell Company

The Herschell firm billed itself as the world's largest ride manufacturer. The Mad Mouse appeared in 1958 (at the Alabama State Fair, with Olson Shows), and a scaled-down version lacking the initial hairpin turns, the Mite Mouse, appeared in mid-1959. The Mite Mouse appears to have been targeted to kiddielands. The Monster Mouse, an enlarged ride with large initial drops, was introduced in 1963. This was sold both as a complete ride and as a modification package for the Mad Mouse. The Mad Mouse appears to have displaced the Schiff rides on travelling fairs, probably because it was much easier to set up and tear down. In 1960, Strates traveled with their own (Schiff) Wild Mouse, the Tinsley Mad Mouse, and the Dowis (Miler) Wild Mouse. The Mad Mouse was set up at every location, while the other two rides alternated. Herschell probably also had higher production capacity than Schiff or Miler, with a delivery schedule of about one ride every two weeks during the first half of 1959, later increased to one a week. More than 30 Mad Mouse rides were sold by 1960, with about half placed in parks.

Velare Brothers

The originators of Sky Wheels and Space Wheels have been mentioned in connection with the alterations to the Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach that were made in the 1960s. The top circuit preceding the switchbacks, containing a big drop and a shallower dip, was added at that time. Apparently this change was inspired by a similar alteration of the Velare's wild mouse at Nu-Pike in Long Beach, CA (shown below). There is no evidence that the Velare Brothers were involved in the initial construction of the Wild Mouse at Blackpool, which predated the arrival of a Wild Mouse ride at Nu-Pike.

Princeton Machine

Conklin contracted with Princeton Machine of Princeton, Ontario, to build a steel copy of the imported German rides. The track for this ride was imported from Europe (probably the Netherlands or Belgium). Only one unit was produced, as this design appears not to have been particularly successful. The ride was built around 1967 and was later installed at Playland in Vancouver.

Tom Hughes

No information except for an ad in 1958 offering complete plans for anybody wishing to build their own wild mouse. The home address was in Hollywood, CA.

unknown

There are pictures of one or more units of a portable wild mouse differing from all others described. The best documented example ended its working life at Old Indiana Park. The layout of this ride closely resembled that of the Schiff rides, with the lift on the right and a marked dip immediately after the hairpins. The ride also used the decorative entrance and exit gates of a Schiff ride. However, the all-steel support structure differed considerably from that of the Schiff rides. The track resembled that of the Schiff rides, but lacked the central pair of guide rails. The cars somewhat resembled those of the portable Miler rides, using a tire as a rear bumper.

A very similar ride first appeared on Royal American Shows around 1970. The ride at Rocky Springs Park may also have been of this type.

SOME MECHANICAL DETAILS OF WILD MOUSE RIDES

The structure of the track on the 1954 Pinfari ride is not clear in the photo on their web site.

The earliest German wild mouse rides had laminated wooden rails. In addition to the road rails, a central pair of metal guide rails was attached to the straight cross-ties. This arrangement is shown in panel 1 below. This structure was also used on the permanently installed wooden wild mouse rides. The wild mouse rides in the UK use a similar track structure, except that the ends of the cross-ties are visible below the laminations of the wooden rails.

The Schiff and Ramagosa rides have a steel track with a distinctly different structure. The road rails and the paired central guide rails are attached to U-shaped cross ties. Compared to more modern track structures, the track appears impossibly flimsy. This structure is shown in panel 2.

The Herschell Mad Mouse coasters have a more conventional style of non-tubular steel coaster track, with straight cross-ties and no separate guide rails. The track structure is identical to that used on the Herschell kiddie coasters. In fact, the Herschell ads for their 1960 portable roller coasters claim that they have Mad Mouse-style undercarriages. This track structure is shown in panel 3.

Miler Wild Mouse rides have a distinctive four-rail track with diagonal bracing and H-shaped cross-ties (panel 4). This is almost entirely unlike the structure of track used on most Miler kiddie coasters. Like the Herschell Mad Mouse, there are no central guide rails.

Some of the later rides may have had steel rails. The current Wild Mouse at Playland in Vancouver has steel rails that are very similar to those shown in panel 1.

Another variation in steel track structure was found on the Wild Mouse at Boblo Island in 1974 (panel 5). This retains the central guide rails, but replaces the rectangular running rails with rails formed from I-shaped stock. A similar structure was used on portions of the Devil's Coach in Guerneville, CA. In both cases, these appear to be later modifications to rides which originally had laminated wooden rails, as only portions of the track were steel.

Although not a wild mouse, but an enclosed coaster, the Wizard's Cavern ride located at Casino Pier, Seaside Heights, NJ utilizes a similar car and track structure. The ride was originally built by Mack in 1959 (as Broadway Trip) and utilized the standard wooden wild mouse track. When this was rebuilt and rethemed by Mack in 1968 (as Love Bugs), the original track was replaced with a steel track having central guide rails.

Wild Mouse track structures

(Image: Cross-sections showing variations in wild mouse track styles)

Rails and other continuous elements are shown in black, while cross-ties and associated structures are shown in gray. Not to scale.

1  German-style wild mouse track
2  Schiff Wild Mouse track
3  Herschell Mad Mouse track (portions are reinforced by an additional pair of rails below crossties, not shown here)
4  Miler Wild Mouse track
5  track used on Boblo wild mouse


LAYOUTS OF WILD MOUSE RIDES

(Image: Wild mouse layouts shown as schematic plan view)

Only the lift and top layer are shown. Not to scale.

1  standard layout: Scamper, Cedar Point; Mad Mouse (wooden tracked), Melbourne, Australia; Wild Mouse, Luna Park, Sydney, Australia; Wild Mouse, Playland, Vancouver, Canada; Pinfari's first, 1954
2  Wild Mouse, Palisades Park
3  standard layout (mirror image of layout 1): Schiff (standard) Wild Mouse; Mine Train, Frontierland, UK
4  Schiff (portable) Wild Mouse
5  Miler Wild Mouse
6  Herschell Mad Mouse
7  Herschell Mite Mouse (from 1959 ad)
8  Herschell Monster Mouse



Plan views of wild mouse rides, approximately to scale

(Image: Modifications to wild mouse layout shown as schematic plan view)

Modifications made to wild mouse rides at NuPike and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Only the lift and top layer are shown. Not to scale.

Original track retained in modified ride is shown in black.
Original track removed is shown in blue.
Track added as part of modification is shown in red.

Perspective views of the Herschell Mad Mouse and Mite Mouse

NORTH-AMERICAN INSTALLATIONS OF WILD MOUSE RIDES

These are grouped by type or manufacturer and ordered approximately by date of installation. The distinction between portable and permanent wooden rides may not be meaningful. The earliest German rides were both wooden-structured and designed to be portable, but when imported were generally set up as permanent installations. The division of the wooden wild mouse rides into three lists largely reflects the incomplete state of the information about these rides. The lists are extremely incomplete for any installations after 1960. Modern Wild Mouse rides (those manufactured after 1980) are omitted entirely.

Dates in parentheses are from advance reports of sales or commitments and are unverified. Note that these announced installations were sometimes delayed or cancelled.

Please send corrections and comments to Victor Canfield, vac3@psu.edu

Domestically-Built Wooden Wild Mouse Rides

location
[name]
builder installation date comments
Palisades Park McKee 1957 operated until 1971
Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk, CA Norris House 1958 built in-house using plans supplied by Conklin; cars from Buchwald Gebrüder (?); operated until 1976
Pontchartrain Beach
[Wild Maus]
1959 new Westinghouse air brakes installed 1960

German Wooden Wild Mouse Rides

location or operator
[name]
importer installation date comments
Conklin midway, Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Conklin 1957 moved to Belmont Park (Montreal) in 1958 and replaced by a new unit
Boblo Island, Ontario, Canada Wedemeyer 1957
Rye Playland, NY Conklin 1958 park originally announced plans to acquire ride from Wedemeyer; replaced Aeroplane Coaster
Belmont Park, Montreal, Canada Conklin 1958 Conklin concession 1958-1959, then sold to park; ex CNE 1957
State Fair of Texas, TX 1958
Gwynn Oak Park, Baltimore, MD Wedemeyer 1959 (?) destroyed in 1972 by Hurricane Agnes
Rainbow Gardens, PA Wedemeyer 1959
Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada Conklin 1959
Frolic Land, Western Fairgrounds, London, Ontario, Canada Conklin 1959 park operated only one season
Whitney's Playland, San Francisco, CA
[Alpine Racer]
Export Sales 1959 relocated within park; demolished 1972
Belmont Park, San Diego, CA Conklin 1960 also mentioned in 1960 Hughes ad
CNE Conklin 1960 second unit at 1960 CNE
LeSourdsville Lake, OH Export Sales 1961 attributed to Adolph Heinrich; operated until c1964; possibly sold to Cedar Point
Nu-Pike, Long Beach, CA
[Wild Maus]
Hughes or Conklin c1961 (?) modified in 1960s; operated until closing of park
Idora Park, OH
[Wilde Maus]
1962
Venice Amusements, Seaside Heights, NJ probably Hughes 1964 (?) offered for sale after 1966 season
New York World's Fair Hughes 1965
J's Amusements
[Devil's Coach]
1977 operated until 1990; ex Belmont Park (San Diego)
World Fair, Seattle Conklin or Hughes 1962 remained at Fun Forest Park after end of Fair until 1964
Fun Forest Park, Seattle c1965 replaced earlier Wild Mouse at park
Lagoon, UT Conklin (?) 1965 ex Seattle World Fair/Fun Forest; rebuilt 1973 (possibly enlarged) and advertised as New Wilder Wild Mouse; survived to 1989
Orange County Fairgrounds, NY ex New York World's Fair
Playland, Panama City Beach, FL 1969 ex Coney Island

Wooden Wild Mouse Rides (unknown origin)

location
[name]
installation date comments
Cedar Point
[Scamper]
1962 operated until c1975
Springlake Park, OK
[Wilde Maus]
1961
Tower View Amusement Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
[Rapids Ride]
1965

Schiff Wild Mouse Rides

location or operator
[name]
installation date comments
Funland Park, Miami, FL 1956 operated until park closed in 1963
Funtown USA, Seaside Heights, NJ 1957
Paragon Park, MA 1957 destroyed in 1963 fire
Riverside Park, Agawam, MA 1957
Savin Rock, New Haven, CT 1957
Marine Pier, Wildwood, NJ 1957 replaced by Zyklon (Z47)
Roseland Park, NY 1956 listed in 1957 ad as 1958 commitment; possibly replacement unit for prototype?
Gooding Amusements 1958
Gooding Amusements (1958) second unit (?)
Kennywood Park, PA 1958 operated until 1960
Willow Grove, PA 1958
Beech Bend Park, KY 1958 operated at three major fairs in 1957
Arnold's Park, IA 1958
Charles Garvin (1958) for fairs; replaced unit that went to Beech Bend Park
Coney Island, OH 1958
Myrtle Beach, SC (1958) doubtful; no park specified in 11/1957 Schiff ad; may be ride installed at Gay Dolphin Park in 1960
Geauga Lake, OH (1958)
Venice Amusements, Seaside Heights, NJ (1958)
Olympic Park, NJ (1958)
Pee Wee Valley, Cincinnati, OH (1958)
Revere Beach, MA (1958)
Fun Pier, Wildwood, NJ 1958? advertised for sale 11/1959
State Fair Park, WI 1958 present until 1960, last year of permanent midway
Strates Shows 3/1959
Buckeye Lake Park, OH 1959 ride remained until park closing in 1971
Willow Mill Park, PA (1959)
Suburban Park, Manlius, NY 1959 concession owned by Cerbini & Razzano; moved to Coney Island after one year at park
Cedar Point, OH 1959
Meyers Lake Park, Canton, OH ((1959)) listed in 11/1957 Schiff ad
Waldameer Park, PA (1959) listed in 11/1957 Schiff ad and in 12/1958 sales list
West Point Park, PA 1958 operated until 1976
R & C Amusements, Coney Island, NY 1960 moved from Suburban Park; SBNO many years after closing
Playland Park, Council Bluffs, IA (1959) possibly not installed until c1965
Riverview Park, Des Moines, IA 1959 scrapped in 1979, after park closure
Gay Dolphin Park, Myrtle Beach, SC 1960
Folly Beach Pier, SC c1966 ex Gay Dolphin Park; destroyed in pier fire 1/1977
Conneaut Lake Park, PA 1961 operated until c1990
Lauda Park, New Braunfels, TX ex PA, ex FL
Chippewa Lake Park, OH c1972 ex Geauga Lake; operated until 1978; still SBNO 2009
Elitch Gardens, CO
Pirate's World, FL
Riverview Park, Chicago, IL 1958
Dorney Park, PA 1958 removed 1965
Sans Souci Park, PA 1959 sold in 1971 to Game & Fun Park, Buffalo, NY
Chilhowee Park Funway, TN 1966
Wedgewood Village, OK 1958
Adventureland, North Webster, IN enclosed
Lakewood Park, Barnesville, PA ran until 1982; sold to Winter Park, FL
Keansburg, NJ
Edgewater Park, Detroit, MI 1959 until park closing in 1981
Bushkill Park, PA
Lake Quassapaug, CT
Fun & Games Park, Tonawanda, NY
Jacksonville Beach, FL advertised for sale in 1961
Dandilion Park, Muskego, WI
San Juan Resort/ Indian Lake Playland, Russell's Point, OH 1960 relocated in 1969
Doling Park, Springfield, MO
Melendez, Provo, UT (1959) new portable design
Fun Junction, Grand Junction, CO smaller model
Canobie Lake Park, NH smaller model; present c1962
Playtown Park, Morton, PA 1959 smaller portable model (50x97 feet); advertised for sale 8/1960 and again 10/1961;
Animal Forest Park, York Beach, ME 1960 portable model; advertised for sale in 1961
Saratoga Resort, Lehi, UT 1963 portable model

Carll & Ramagosa Mouse Rides

location
[name]
installation date comments
Sportland Pier, Wildwood, NJ
[Up-'n'-Atom/ Flying Tiger]
1957 ran until 1966
Pacific Ocean Park, CA
[Flying Fish]
1958 removed after 1963 season
Rocky Point Park, RI 1958
Crescent Park, Providence, RI
[Flying Fish]
1959 closed with park c1978
Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, CA
[Flying Fish]
conjectured ex POP

Herschell Mouse Rides

location or operator
[name]
mouse type installation date comments
Olson Shows Mad Mouse 9/1958 after initial appearance at Alabama State Fair, moved to permanent ride area at Fairgrounds
McCrary/ 20th Century Shows Mad Mouse 1/1959
Farrow/Wallace Bros. Shows Mad Mouse 1/1959
Collins Shows Mad Mouse 1959
Gooding Amusements Mad Mouse 1959 unclear if these are in addition to or replace two Schiff units
Gooding Amusements Mad Mouse 1959 second unit
Zoo Park, Columbus, OH Mad Mouse 1959 distinct from Gooding's travelling units
Bell's Park, OK Mad Mouse 1959
Frontier Village, OK Mad Mouse 1959
Marshall Hall Park, MD Mad Mouse 1959
Oaks Park, OR Mad Mouse 1959 may have operated at Oregon Centennial Exposition and PNE in 1959 before opening at Oaks Park in 1960; travelled annually to PNE from 1959 to early 1970s
Revere Beach, MA Mad Mouse 1959
Peppermint Park, Houston, TX Mad Mouse 1959
Chain of Rocks, St. Louis, MO Mad Mouse 1959
Kissel Brothers' Amusement Park, Cincinnati, OH Mad Mouse 1959
Crafts Shows Mad Mouse 4/1959
Kunz/Heth Shows Mad Mouse 8/1959
Powelson Shows Mad Mouse 5/1959
John F. Tinsley Shows Mad Mouse 6/1959
Meyers/Gold Coast Shows Mad Mouse 1959
Olson Shows Mad Mouse 6/1959 second unit
Nu-Pike, Long Beach, CA Mad Mouse 1959
Lake Winnepesaukah, GA Mad Mouse 1960
White Swan Park, PA Mad Mouse 1960
Six Flags over Texas, TX
[Sidewinder/La Cucaracha]
Mad Mouse 1961 operated until 1964
Enchanted Forest, IN Mad Mouse 1961 (?)
Lakemont Park, PA Mad Mouse 1991 ex White Swan Park; ran to 2003
Little-A-Merrick-A, WI Mad Mouse 1992 ex Enchanted Forest; extant
Julia Davis Fun Depot, ID Mad Mouse status?
J's Amusements, Guerneville, CA Mad Mouse c1991 closed 2003; SBNO
Playland, Vancouver, Canada Mad Mouse 1958 (?) until 1978 (?)
[see Oaks Park entry]
Como Zoological Park, St. Paul, MN Mad Mouse 1960 O'Neil concession
Lakeland, Memphis, TN Mad Mouse (1960)
Western Playland, El Paso, TX Mad Mouse 1960 converted to Monster Mouse in 1963
West Coast Shows Mad Mouse 1961
King Reid Shows Mad Mouse 1961
Federal Way Shopping Center, WA Mad Mouse 1961
Funtown USA, Seaside Heights, NJ Mad Mouse 1961
Freedomland, Bronx, NY Mad Mouse 1962
Joyland, Lubbock, TX Mad Mouse 1976 extant; ex Bell's Park
Cliff's, Albuquerque, NM Mad Mouse early 1960s ran until 1981; sold to Magic Mesa Park, Albuquerque
Funtown, Chicago, IL Mad Mouse
Playland, Justice, IL Mad Mouse
Fair Park, Nashville, TN Mad Mouse 1965 ex Freedomland; auctioned in 1987
Bertrand Island, NJ
[Monster Mouse]
modified Mad Mouse (single hairpin) 1983 name and date from 1983 park brochure
McMurtrey Shows Mite Mouse 8/1959
Nunley's, Beth Page, NY Mite Mouse 1960
Ocean Beach Park (CNF Amusements), New London, CT Mite Mouse 1960
Palace Playland, Old Orchard Beach, ME Mite Mouse 1961 (?)
Coney Island, NY
[Miller's Gold Mine]
Mite Mouse operated until c1995
Silver Dollar Shows
[Nascar Racing]
Mite Mouse extant
Western Playland, El Paso, TX
[Big Mouse/Big Cheese]
Monster Mouse 1963 first Monster Mouse intallation; modification of earlier Mad Mouse
Fort Worth Zoo, TX Monster Mouse may have replaced (or been modification of) Mad Mouse ex SFoT
Oaks Park, OR Monster Mouse operated until 1995; may have replaced Mad Mouse
Western Washington Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA Monster Mouse extant
Quassy Park, CT
[Monster/Mad Mouse]
Monster Mouse 1983 (?) extant; ex Playland, Rye
Pacific Ocean Park, CA Monster Mouse 1964 operated until 1967
Six Gun Territory, FL Monster Mouse mid 1970s
Fantasy Farm, OH Monster Mouse 1984 gone before 1991
Playland, Ocean City, MD Monster Mouse
Dogpatch USA, AR
[Frustratin' Flyer?]
Monster Mouse present by 1972
Lakeside Park, Salem, VA Monster Mouse
Rye Playland, NY Monster Mouse 1967 may have replaced earlier German ride; removed around 1980
Family Funland, Farmington, NM Monster Mouse 2001 extant; manufactured 1969
Rocky Glen, Moosic, PA Monster Mouse 1982
Dispensa's, IL

Miler Wild Mouse Rides

location or operator
[name]
installation date comments
Royal American Shows 7/1958
Don Dowis 1959
Springlake Park, OK 1960 single season only; probably the Dowis unit
Funtown Amusement Center, Atlanta, GA 1961 (?) operated to 1966 (?)
Wonderland Park, Amarillo, TX
[Cyclone]
1968 extant; 1964 unit (?)
Playland, Ocean City, NJ
[Mighty Mouse]
ran until 2004
Lakeside Park, CO
[Wild Chipmunk]
extant
Adventure City, Stanton, CA
[Tree Top Racers]
1999 extant; ex Midway Amusements, Brisbane, Australia
Funtown Pier, Seaside Park, NJ
[Mighty Mouse]
2006 ex Playland; may have opened late in 2005

Other or Unidentified Wild Mouse Rides

location or operator
[name]
type or source installation date comments
Playland, Vancouver Princeton 1979 extant; from Conklin Shows; all-steel copy of German ride
unknown traveled with Royal American Shows c1970; resembles ride at Old Indiana
Rocky Springs Park, PA track structure resembles that of a typical Schiff Wild Mouse, but cars are different
Old Indiana Park, IN
[Mad Mouse]
differs considerably from standard Schiff Wild Mouse
Joyland Park, FL (1959)
Olympic Park, Rochester, NY 1960
Eagle Park, OK
Magic Valley, PA
Walled Lake, MI Mad Mouse?
Magic Mesa, NM Mad Mouse?
Lakeview Park, Royersford, PA ?
Melvin's Rides (later Trimper's Rides), Ocean City, MD wooden?
Wasaga Beach Playland, Ontario, Canada
Seaside, OR Miler (?)
Fun 'n Wheels, Orlando, FL
Willow Park, Butztown (Bethlehem), PA
West View Park, PA 1961
Burlington Beach, Canada destroyed by storm c1978/1979; described as wooden, but possibly Schiff
Suburban Park, Manlius, NY present at park closing in 1973; SBNO 1974
Riverside Amusement Park, Indianapolis, IN 1958
Fairgrounds Amusement Park (Mid-South Fair), Memphis, TN (1961)

Last revised 23-Aug-2010

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