Just east of the main staircase was the famous Switchback Railway, the most exhilarating amusement ride that was conceived in its time. The train went 1100 feet in 26 seconds and the track contained giant drops to thrill the riders. The Switchback cost a nickel to ride. It was advertised that no visitor to Rockford should leave the city without first riding the famous Switchback Railway.
The park was closed in 1928.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.