Indian Park, Montoursville Pa


This sign always confuses me a bit..  we've never turned here.  We pass the indian, and turn by the greenhouses to get down to the park..  but there very well may be an entrance from this side?  Usually we are headed towards the softball fields.  

From Wikipedia - 
"Indian Park
Indian Park is located on the north-western side of Montoursville and is parallel to Interstate 180/U.S. Route 220. It serves as a large recreational park with several miles of hiking and biking trails, numerous softball fields, picnic areas and pavilions and fishing ponds. Indian Park was a trolley park during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Visitors from Williamsport would board the trolley in downtown Williamsport and ride to Indian Park to spend a day of recreation along the banks of Loyalsock Creek.[6] The park was home to one of the largest and longest roller coasters on the East Coast of the United States. The park also featured over 20 acres (81,000 m2) of ponds, a theatre, and a merry-go-round. The amusement park was ultimately closed in 1924 due in large part to the rising and continued cost of reconstructing the park following the nearly yearly floods on Loyalsock Creek."


There used to be many more photos of the old Amusement park online, but these are all I see on a google image search now...  I know there is a picture of the rollercoaster, and the merrygoround, out there somewhere.




This is one of the signs along the blind trail here.

Today the park has two small ponds, popular for fishing but too small for kayaking.  There are a couple of nature trails here, three seperate playground areas, one quite large, a few of pavillions, a gazebo,  softball fields, baseball fields, and at least one soccer field.  The bike path that I am so found of starts here too. It's not as elegant as arriving by trolley with a picnic basket, but it's still one of the nicest spots to spend an afternoon.  :-)  

the ducks here are so used to people that they don't move when we bike right beside them.

There are lots of little bridges over the creek here, and benches, and even a table set up for a chess match - bring your own playing pieces.

Indian Park on FourSquare

Bike Path length - ( 1.85 miles ) Green Bridge at Broad Street to Wendy's on Rt # 87.
Montoursville Bike Path Map
(We start at Indian Park instead of at wendys, go under the green bridge, then over the green bridge, picking up the path that takes you past Riverview Park.  From there we pick up the Reighard trail.  If going to Brusters we turn right to go under the underpass, up to the red light, turn left, Brusters is one block down the sidewalk.  To Pick up the River Walk Trail in Williamsport, turn left  - do NOT go under the underpass, but rather over the footbridge to the left - turn left at the sidewalk, then left again onto the riverwalk trail)

Indian Park History
From the Montoursville Borough Website -

Indian Park History


It is June 1910, and excitement fills the air as the people of Williamsport yearn to make that trip to Montoursville via the Montoursville Passenger Railroad.  With five cents in hand, they board the trolley to begin their journey.  The electric car passes through Loyalsock Township and rumbles around Sand Hill; the bridge is now visible, the trolley turns onto the structure and the excited passengers peer down at the water.  Up Broad Street to Montour; whereupon reaching the north end it circles to proceed on Loyalsock to the vicinity of the Grafius home.  The electric car crosses the millrace and then Mill Creek on a much larger bridge.  Another one hundred yards and the car stops at a cement platform and the passengers rush across another bridge into the newly remodeled facility.

The more adventuresome have but one aim, the largest roller coaster in the East.  The line is long, but never mind.  Many of those courting decide on a boat ride; some twenty acres are covered by water.  Still others head for the theater; it seats a thousand people and possibly lines at the rides may thin a bit later.
Some of the elderly rock on the porch which surrounds the giant merry-go-round.  This day there are family reunions and the men and boys play baseball while the women prepare a picnic lunch.
By nightfall the Park is lit up like a Christmas tree and music fills the air as couples expend their last energy dancing before beginning that return journey.  The sounds of insects and the smell of wildflowers soothe the tired but happy riders as they leave this place of enchantment.
But alas, this age too would pass and it would be years before this great resource would once again reach its potential.  With the memory of the past and a vision of the future, the citizens of Montoursville, aided by many, have sought to make the dream a reality.  The hiking trails, gazebo, ball fields, boating, picnic areas and, of course, the band shell, will provide many memories for others. There is a hope that what we have done here  will evoke the same longing years from now as “Indian Park” did for other generations.






Comments

  1. Does anyone know where the roller coaster or the carousel's placement was in Indian Park? My son and I walk the path inside the park daily and we always play a game of guessing where the roller coaster might have been.

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  2. The entrance to the park, where the indian is located, is the park entrance. This is indeed a very nice park.

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