Shoot-the-Chutes

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Shoot-the-Chutes
Other Name(s) Chutes
Shoot-the-Shoots
Type Water ride
Track ride
Park Section North
Built 1909
Opened 1909
Closed 1933
Vehicle Type Boat

The Shoot-the-Chutes or Shoot-the-Shoots, sometimes stylized as Chutes, was a water ride installed at the north end of Olentangy Park in 1909.[1] The ride was planned for as early as 1905.[2] The zoo elephant, Tandy, was trained to ride the chute.

The ride took riders in a flat-bottomed boat up an incline pulled by a belt, rotated at the top, where the boat was allowed to slide down the other side of the incline to splash in the pond at the bottom.[3]

On 1934, on a day dubbed Plymouth Day, "Lucky" Teter and his troupe of "Hell Drivers" put on a show at the park. A driver drove at least one car down the Shoot-the-Chutes into the lagoon during a $100,000 (over $2.3 million in 2024) show of Chrysler products at the park.[4] Starting at 60 mph, the car leaped and hit the water at 90 mph, leaped a two-foot embankment, and purposely turned the car over in the dirt going 20 mph.[5][6]

The ride started to suffer from "nonsupport" by 1916,[7] and was operational at least until 1933. Despite its unusable state, the structure remained standing and is visible in a photo about the park's closure in 1937.[8] The pool remained until the park's closure, being used for water bicycles.[9]

Injuries

Joseph Valkno, 17, was hit by a boat on the chute while working on the ride in September 1914. He broke his leg while trying to leap over the boat as it was diving into the pond.[10]

Gallery

References

  1. "Olentangy Park, Founded in 1893, Long Was Amusement Mecca for Central Ohio." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 1 April 1938. pg. 1, 6.
  2. The Billboard. 7 October 1905. Vol. 17 Iss. 40. Pg. 25.
  3. Barrett, Richard E. (2002). Columbus Ohio 1898-1950 in Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738519626.
  4. "Plymouth's 'Hell Divers' Will Defy Death to Thrill Crowds at Olentangy." The Columbus Dispatch. 17 June 1934. Pg. 20.
  5. "Hell Drivers Again to Appear at Park." The Columbus Dispatch. 24 June 1934. Pg. 19.
  6. Walkmeyer, Gene. "Daredevils Thrill Olentangy Audience." The Columbus Dispatch. 25 June 1934. Pg. 16.
  7. "Park in Full Operation." The Columbus Evening Dispatch. 1 May 1916. Pg. 16.
  8. "$2,000,000 Housing Project to Replace Olentangy Park." Columbus Evening Dispatch. 1 April 1938. Pg. 1.
  9. Barret, Richard E. "Olentangy Park: Four Decades of Fun." Columbus and Central Ohio Historian. Vol. 1. April 1984. Pg. 11.
  10. "Park Employe Injured." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 6 September 1914. Pg. 3.