Old Elitch's amusement park Denver, Colorado 1994 5 days before closing



Here is some old footage of the much loved Eltich gardens and amusement park shorty before closing. Opened in May of 1890, this park was ranked one of the best in the United States, and the Twister roller coaster was always in the top 10 for best roller coasters. The demolishment of the old Elitch’s was nothing short of blasphemy with condemnation from people all over the World. Local Denver residents were especially upset as several generations of family members visited and worked at this park over the last 100 years.

I wondered if the magic was still there and took a job as a mechanic at the new Eltich’s (and no the old Twister design is not the same as the new Twister due to limits on G forces). Sad to say the present Elitch’s is nothing like the old Elitch’s despite several of the old rides moved there. Fortunately some of the old Elitch’s was preserved. The old theater survived, the carousel pavilion lives on with out the carousel, and part of the old main entrance is still there. The demolishment of the old park was a travesty. Shame on these people who demolish these historic sites only to replace them with over priced condos.