HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
Doling Park (view 3 of 7), Chutes Ride
This postcard is the scene from the top of one of the amusement park rides at Doling Park. It was called "Shoot-the-Chutes," and it was one of many rides at Doling Park during its heyday from 1907 to 1929. Shoot-the-Chutes ran down the western slope of Doling Park into the lake. A flat bottomed, wooden boat was pulled up the chute and then released back down the chute, making it hit the water with a big splash. The ride was torn down in 1929 after the city of Springfield took over Doling Park from the privately owned Doling Park Amusement Company. The bridge is visible with the ice house on the left. Ice was cut from the lake in winter and stored in the ice house for use in the summer.