Curious...My grandmother used to tell me
about a ride at Coney Island called the steeplechase. She
loved the ride, but complained about the rats in it. Well,
she passed away and I realized that I never asked her what
exactly the steeplechase was.
An Answer by Slim Price
Reading about rats make me think you
(she) are mixing memories. George Tilyou's Steeplechase Park
was an enormous building with lots of rides inside close to
the Parachute jump and backing up to Coney's Boardwalk. If I
remember right you paid one fee to enter, and could stay as
long as you could stand it, and ride everything until you
It had all the elements of a funhouse but
was lots more than that. I never saw any rats there, but I
suppose there were some. nOW , FINALLY, specifics.
On an elevated platform, like a balcony,
all the way around the outside of the building, (remember it
was enormous) there were six parallel tracks, and on each
track there was a horse much like a real one rather than a
"Merry-go-Round" horse. The horses, very like in a real race
(steeplechase) roared around the track and you held on for
The things we thought were fun then!
She said the rats would be all over the
outside.. I don't know and I can't ask her now (Thanks *very
big hugs and kisses).
Postcard of the
Steeplechase - Steeplechase Park Coney Island NY
One of the horse from
the the Steeplechase Ride, Coney Island Museum
Sign - 2 on a horse
Coney Island Museum