The Amusing History Of Savin Rock, From 1870 To Now -- Courant.com

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What was the Savin Rock Amusement Park in West Haven? C.K., Wallingford. Named for the savin tree , Savin Rock lies along the western shore of New Haven harbor.

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Sep 17, 2008
 
Carousel member wrote:
It would be great if everyone in this posting would like to help us bring back the carousel. A donation in any amount would be welcome. Please contact the Office of the Mayor (West Haven) if you would like to help. He can then get in touch with the committee( a nonprofit organization).
See ya at the Rock!
**Where is the carousel now??? We where frequent flyers of the carousel back in late 50's early 60's. Went to West Haven High....
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#23
Oct 6, 2008
 
That place sounds nice, I don't know anyone has gone there, but I've seen pictures.

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Oct 6, 2008
 

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My grandfather was the laughing lady at Savin Rock. I was too young to ever see it, but my dad and my uncle had such great times there. I can't believe it wouldn't be successful today were they to rebuild something similar.
Jake

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#25
Oct 6, 2008
 
My Grandfather used to take us to Savin Rock when we were kids. The only remnant of Savin Rock left is "Jimmie's at Savin Rock". Jimmie had the hotdog stand at the Rock and they are still there with the best hotdogs anywhere. We were there last week.
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#26
Oct 16, 2008
 
When I was a kid we used to come in from Newhall St after promotion to the Rock. We would probably have a buck and spend all day.

I Sunday nights after CYO at St.Mary on Hillhouse Ave we would always head to Jimmies.

When I got out of the Corps in 1967 it was all gone.

Now I live down the street from the old Rock

Sol

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#27
Oct 19, 2008
 
Notice the image: http://cslib.cdmhost.com/custom/aerials.php

Enter the image number (04880) in the upper right search box and it will take you to the 1934 photo of that area - you can then click on the image to zoom in on the amusement park.
Carol M

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#28
Oct 24, 2008
 
I check back here once in a while to see if anyone else has commented. I was so surprised that everyone has found this page. I was just browsing around one day, missing my Uncle and the summers spent in West Haven, when I stumbled onto this page. It's so wonderful to hear all the great memories of that place.
I miss CT and the fantastic youthful summers. On my last trip I visited Zaparties??(it's an Italian restaurant with quite good pizza. Sorry about the spelling of the eatery).
I'd love to go back and visit. Perhaps this coming Spring.
You've all been so insightful.
Thanks
Dave West Haven-now

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#29
Oct 30, 2008
 
I grew up in Ansonia, and got to the "Rock" a few times, definitely not enough. My fondest memories are of the Mighty Mouse over the water, the bumper cars, the Laughing Lady and "Turk's". I still prefer Turk's to Jimmies for two reasons. The food, family atmosphere(owners are great)& prices for one, and the fact that Turk's never tried to screw West Haven out of the millions Jimmies' did.
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#30
Nov 3, 2008
 
Jake wrote:
My Grandfather used to take us to Savin Rock when we were kids. The only remnant of Savin Rock left is "Jimmie's at Savin Rock". Jimmie had the hotdog stand at the Rock and they are still there with the best hotdogs anywhere. We were there last week.
Turks is still there, just not in the same spot.

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#31
Nov 3, 2008
 
Thanks, Dave. My grandfather was the Laughing Lady. Sadly he died 11 years ago, but he was truly a happy, nice, and sweet man. My real grandfather died prior to my being born, so Frank was the only grandfather I knew, and he was a terrific person. He would have been so happy to know that he gave people some great memories!
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Dave West Haven-now wrote:
I grew up in Ansonia, and got to the "Rock" a few times, definitely not enough. My fondest memories are of the Mighty Mouse over the water, the bumper cars, the Laughing Lady and "Turk's". I still prefer Turk's to Jimmies for two reasons. The food, family atmosphere(owners are great)& prices for one, and the fact that Turk's never tried to screw West Haven out of the millions Jimmies' did.

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Nov 3, 2008
 
Does anybody have a link to the original Courant article? The posted one ( http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-asked071... ) doesn't work.
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Zuppardi's Apizza on Union Ave, across from St. Lawrence School. The best pizza around!! You couldn't get in there on a Friday night. It's amazing how Savin Rock touched so many lives. we lived on Leete St. My dad would take my sister and me just about every night. We never got tired of it - well, maybe my dad did. When you were sleeping at night, you could hear the stock cars racing. To us, Savin Rock was just plain magical - that wooden roller coaster, the tunnel of love - my poor dad. I think our favorite was the bumper cars. Sadly, our kids just didn't have a place like SR. It's so unfortunate. I remember skipping class to get lunch at Jimmies. Then there was Phyllis too. I do remember the antique cars...... I think I'm still in mourning.
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Nov 22, 2008
 
I lived on Cambell Ave between Atwater and Leete st. At night i could hear the stock cars at Donavan field. Later i worked at the bowling alley and Facination. when I got my license i crusied Okinnowa beach and Jimmies.

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#36
Dec 3, 2008
 
Sol wrote:
Notice the image: http://cslib.cdmhost.com/custom/aerials.php
Enter the image number (04880) in the upper right search box and it will take you to the 1934 photo of that area - you can then click on the image to zoom in on the amusement park.
Good job! Thanks for the help.

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Dec 6, 2008
 
Anybody remember when the Grove got grown over in the 70's and became keg-party central? Kind of "Dazed and Confused" with a beach.....
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#38
Dec 14, 2008
 
Thanks Debbie - for the proper spelling! Zuppardi's! It was fabulous food!
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#39
Mar 8, 2009
 
I was born in Connecticut and raised in West Haven; unfortunately it was after the good old days of Savin Rock. I love reading the stories of yesteryear, especially the one from "Older than Yoda". Someone posted what looks to be a home video of Savin Rock on YouTube, thank you. I'd like to know if anyone knows of a free website that might have photos of the old Savin Rock?
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Apr 8, 2009
 
My Grandfather Took Me & My Cousin To The "Rock" Every Year When When School Was Over,We Took The Trolley I Think From Lower State St.When We Got To The Park The First Thing We Did Was Get Into Bathing Suites & Go Swimming On That Nice Beach,After That It Was Time To Enjoy One Of"Jimmies"Fantastic Hotdogs & Fries. Then Gramps Said We Could Go On As Many Rides As We Wanted Till 5:00,As We Did This He Bought US That Fantastic Block Popcorn,Soda & Icecream.At 5:00 We Were Done & Then Enjoyed A "Softshell Crab"Dinner On Wilcox's Pier. After That It Was Back On The Trolley Back To State st. These Fantastic Memories Will Never Be Forgotten.
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#41
Apr 8, 2009
 
MY God I Cant Believe Someone Remembers "Zuppardi's" Pizza! I Scan This Fantastic Site Every So Often, I Lived On Lower Union Ave.I Spent Many A Friday Nite There,I Live In The Hartford Area Now And Havent Been In West Haven In A Long Time.Is "Zuppardi's" Still THere?
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#42
Apr 13, 2009
 
I remember the Rock, I visited quite a bit in the 50-60's. I new Mrs Frank of Peter Franks Funhouse. Rode the Flying horse, ate the best fries.. I used to help crinkle cut the fresh! potatoes into french fries.(I had one uncle living right next door to Dadds Hotel) And the split hot dogs...And the "apizza" pan fried pizza 1-2" thick! I still cook my hot dogs that way today. I remember the stock car races... I had other relatives right across the street from the old ball park, parking cars for Sat nite races. I used to dig for clams at low tide for fun... My uncle sold the raw clams on a half shell right on Beach St....(I hate fish though!).

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