|My uncle, Tony Scardina, is pictured eating watermelon in the picnic grove area of Coney Island.|
He later married Margaret Ann Jones, my Dad's sister.
Photo Credit: East End, Columbia-Tusculum, Linwood Facebook page
Coney Island has an interesting history. You can read about it by clicking on this link. There were a few facts that really surprised me. Get it's earliest start as a picnic area in 1886, the land had been purchased by two steamboat captains. As part of their business model, guests were transported to the park by steamboat. As the park continued to make a variety of improvements, the first Island Queen steamboat was built at a cost of $80,000 and began transporting passengers in 1896. The boat could transport 3000 passengers at a time. Unfortunately, the original Island Queen was destroyed by fire moored in Cincinnati when fire spread from another steamboat moored along side her.
Two other steamboats were temporarily placed in service while a new Island Queen was built. This boat, built at a cost of between $300,000 and $400,000. It was christened in 1925 and served until 1947. It was on this boat that my parents met. From the picture below, you can see how often the boat was scheduled to make the trip a few miles upriver.
|Photo Credit: Don Prout/ConeyIslandCentral.com|
Permission to share on blog requested.
|From the Collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County|
Note the "lighthouse" at the entrance near the top of the ramp.
|The Island Queen burning in 1947 in Pittsburgh.|
From the Collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
A piece of Cincinnati history, and the personal history of my parents, was lost forever in that fire. Little did they know at the time the role another steamboat, the Delta Queen would play in our Jones family history.
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Wiki: https://wiki.cincinnatilibrary.org/index.php/Island_Queen
Coney Island Central: http://coneyislandcentral.com
White, John H., 1933-. The Island Queen : Cincinnati's excursion steamer / John H. White and Robert J. White. 1st ed. Akron, Ohio : University of Akron Press, 1995.