This abandoned amusement park from the 1900s looks straight out of a horror film

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An abandoned souvenir stand sits in the middle of Bushkill Park.
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Bushkill Park is down, but it may not be out.

The eastern Pennsylvania theme park operated from 1902 until a series of floods hit the area, damaging the park beyond reasonable repair.

It’s been closed since 2007, but owner Neal Fehnel still hopes to open it back up some day. The park’s website currently reads, “The owners of Bushkill Park are working hard to repair the damage that has been done by the floods and other means.”

Photographer Seph Lawless got a peek inside the park, which has laid dormant since its closing nearly a decade ago.

Here’s what he saw.


Welcome to Bushkill Park, a relatively small amusement park located near Easton, Pennsylvania.

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In its heyday, it was popular with young visitors looking for vintage attractions.

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By the second half of the century, the park started struggling, and after the 1980s, the park was already way past its prime.

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In 1990, Fehnel purchased the park to host company picnics and children’s birthday parties.

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The park sits close to the banks of the Bushkill River, however, and a series of three floods damaged the park severely. The first was caused by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

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It now sits abandoned, giving the once cheery amusements a creepy appearance.

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Some of the vintage attractions still survive, though 14 of 17 of them have been sold.

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“The Bar’l of Fun” is considered by many to be America’s oldest fun house. It was featured on a Discovery Channel special in 1997.

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There’s also a wooden slide, which has its own vintage charm.

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There was also a boating attraction, but the water has long since dried up.

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A roller skating rink seems to be in relatively good shape.

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Original bumper cars still live in their respective homes.

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The park’s vintage appeal attracted Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from the History Channel show “American Pickers”.

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In 2010, the pair filmed an episode there, which spotlighted the park.

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They walked away with sideshow banners that were later purchased for $10,000. (They later returned to the park to split the profit with Fehnel).

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Fehnel told Lawless he still hopes to someday open the park back up to visitors, but estimates from 2013 said that it would take about $50,000 to make it operational.

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Source: Lehigh Valley Live