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#1 801hme

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 06:01 PM

I have an old aerial photograph of Casino Beach from the '30's (if I get my scanner working I'll post it). It's a copy of a pretty common aerial I've seen in several books. I located the site on Historical Aerials, and the Ballroom is there thru the 1970 shot (it is my understanding it was razed in '73). My question is when was the original bridge (with Casino Beach to the right as you're traveling trowards Azle) replaced by the current bridge? Also, I'm going WAY back here, but is there anyone out there who actually rode the Thriller Rollercoaster? From the photo it looks like the same basic layout of many of John Miller's coasters, and the Judge Roy Scream at SFOT seems to be an almost exact smaller scale layout, although opposite hand. I know Bill Cobb who designed the Judge was from Texas; wonder if the Thriller was any kind of inspiration to him...it's probably just the Miller design he was after, but who knows. The Thriller as far as I've been able to research was torn down around '51. Any info from Coaster fans or others welcomed...

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 06:50 PM

I believe the second Nine Mile Bridge -- the original bridge in the current path of 199 -- opened in 1929 or thereabouts. The first Nine Mile Bridge was torn down very shortly after. Also of note is that the first Nine Mile Bridge apparently predated the lake, crossing the Trinity and its flood plain at the time. Or at least that's what I've read.


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Posted 03 November 2008 - 07:35 PM

In case there are Forum Members that do not know what you all are talking about, I scanned two of my billion post cards. (would you believe a million?)

I have found the lake area pretty crazy. Did not seem like the Texas I have read about back when. Seemed out of character to the local climate to me. I would have been wrong. I believe it was a huge success. Now it was back in the days people took responsibility for themselves and their kids so they didn't get sued every time somebody drowned or developed a gambling addiction. (You should have warned us there was water in the lake!)



And a shot of the Beach, though I don't know that it was connected to the Casino operations.

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 06:32 AM



Not drowning or gambling, but, in the 20s, the city was asked to pay for a couple of cars stolen from the Bathing Beach -- something like 'the officer told me to park there and now my car is gone, so the city owes me...' If I remember right, one of the claims was for a car on a test-drive from a dealer.

Several claims for damage from poor street conditions, too, throughout the city. If water wasn't standing in the road three days after the rain, the car wouldn't have slid off when I turned the corner...

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 09:40 AM

Ill ask my grandmother about the coaster. She was born in 1929 and frequented the beach quite a bit. I'll post more later when I talk to her.


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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:44 PM

Casino Beach has been facinating to me for years.

When I used to live in Ft. worth (1970's), I would drive around the lake, looking at where the beach used to be. Or where I thought it used to be based on the signage.

I didn't know that the bridge used to be below the beach instead of above. Is there some semi-abandoned road which would indicate the old bridge or where it crossed and went up the bluff?

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I am in Austin. Can someone tell me about any road on the bluff that would have connected with the old bridge?

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 09:03 PM

GenE, the original Nine Mile Bridge connected what is now Foster Drive on the east side of the lake approximately with the current location of Sommerville Place on the west, at the very southern edge of Casino Beach.


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Posted 13 November 2008 - 05:12 PM

On the south side of the lake the approach to the old Nine Mile bridge is about where Rench road is today. I can see no remains of the abutments on that side.

On the north side there are still remnants of the bridge abutments and concrete piers on the bank just to the west of large old power line tower.

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 08:11 PM

QUOTE (djold1 @ Nov 13 2008, 05:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On the south side of the lake the approach to the old Nine Mile bridge is about where Rench road is today. I can see no remains of the abutments on that side.

On the north side there are still remnants of the bridge abutments and concrete piers on the bank just to the west of large old power line tower.

the castle was down the road on heron
we use to drive around out toward lake worth and eagle mountain
i can remeber the old ballroom standing on its last leg it appeared to be left next to the old bridge


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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:53 AM

QUOTE (djold1 @ Nov 13 2008, 06:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On the south side of the lake the approach to the old Nine Mile bridge is about where Rench road is today. I can see no remains of the abutments on that side.

On the north side there are still remnants of the bridge abutments and concrete piers on the bank just to the west of large old power line tower.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:08 PM

I have an old aerial photograph of Casino Beach from the '30's (if I get my scanner working I'll post it). It's a copy of a pretty common aerial I've seen in several books. I located the site on Historical Aerials, and the Ballroom is there thru the 1970 shot (it is my understanding it was razed in '73). My question is when was the original bridge (with Casino Beach to the right as you're traveling trowards Azle) replaced by the current bridge? Also, I'm going WAY back here, but is there anyone out there who actually rode the Thriller Rollercoaster? From the photo it looks like the same basic layout of many of John Miller's coasters, and the Judge Roy Scream at SFOT seems to be an almost exact smaller scale layout, although opposite hand. I know Bill Cobb who designed the Judge was from Texas; wonder if the Thriller was any kind of inspiration to him...it's probably just the Miller design he was after, but who knows. The Thriller as far as I've been able to research was torn down around '51. Any info from Coaster fans or others welcomed...


Sorry to reply to be replying to this more than 2 years later, but I just recently joined the forum and I just read this post. Perhaps you've already found the info you were seeking, but I can tell you that the Roller Coaster Database lists John Miller as the designer of the roller coaster at Casino Beach which they list under the name of the Rocket. Roller coasters that have survived for many years often undergo several name changes throughout their existences (i.e. the Coney Island "Bobs" became the "Tornado" at some point). As far as the JRS being inspired by the coaster at Casino Beach-- it's possible, but there have been a plethora of out-and-back roller coasters built since the boom of 1920, so he may have been inspired in a more general sense; however, the position of the JRS alongside the elongated pond at SFOT causes me to suspect that there may be some truth to that about which you wonder...




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