Scherer to host “illustrated discussion” on history of Luna Park in Rexford

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A ride called The Whip at Luna Park.Provided photo. A ride called The Whip at Luna Park.

By Cady Kuzmich
Gazette Reporter

 

Rexford — Clifton Park Town Historian John Scherer will host a discussion on Luna Park, “Rexford’s Coney Island,” March 5 at 2 p.m. at the Schenectady County Historical Society.

The event, which costs $5 and is free for Schenectady County Historical Society members,  is part of A Night on the Town in Schenectady: 1850-1950 series.

Luna Park opened in Rexford along the Mohawk River in 1906. It was established by the Schenectady Railroad Company “to provide a destination for their trolley line” according to a press release. The park remained open until 1935.

The same merry-go-round that now stands in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs was originally set up at Luna Park. Scherer said the park featured a “roller coaster, an airplane swing ride over the river, Chute the Chutes, etc.”  Shcherer said there was also a “vaudeville theatre, ice cream parlor, games of chance, motor boat rides on the river, and an entertainment stage where bicyclists and other acts would perform, including the Amazing Oliver and his dog Uno who would dive in to a small pool of water from a 100 foot high tower (the dog’s tower was only 50 feet high).”
Scherer will discuss Luna Park with visual aids to help “relive the heyday of the Rexford Amusement Park.”