“Don’t be a gloomster…be a Steeplechaser!”
Steeplechase Park is one of the most famous (and most influential) amusement parks in the industry’s history. The owner, George C. Tilyou, was P.T. Barnum, Rockefeller and Teddy Roosevelt all rolled into one. The documentary “Coney Island” by Ric Burns and Richard Snow called Tilyou the, “first impresario of controlled chaos.” His park was a unique place as rich and poor & male and female patrons all mingled together within the walls. The park opened in 1897 and its feature attraction was the Steeplechase Ride, a horse race which wound around the Pavilion of Fun.