US 757286 A
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GEORGE H. DU CLOS, OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, ASSIGNOR TO PLEASURE PARK AMUSEMENT COMPANY, A CORPORATION OF NEW YORK.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent N o. 757,286, dated April 12, 1904i.`
` Application filed November 14, 19023. Serial No. 181,146. (No model.)
To all whom it may coi/worn:
Be it known that I, GEORGE H. DU CLos, a
citizen of the United States, residing at Brooklyn, in the county of Kings, Stateof New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Amusement Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
My invention 'relates to improvements in amusement apparatus, and has for its object to produce a new and useful apparatus embodying certain new and useful combinations, as hereinafter described, and specifically set forth in the claims.
The following is a description of an embodiment of my invention, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, yin which* Figure 1 is a plan view of an embodiment of my invention. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a cross-sectional view on the lineX X, Fig. 1. Fig. 4 is an enlarged detail view on the line Y Y, Fig. 1. Fig. 5 is a plan view of a detail. Fig. 6 is an enlargement ofa portion of what is shown in Fig. 5. Fig. 7 is a longitudinal section showing an elevator and its surroundings.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, A represents an artificial canal having a gradual fall from the point A to the point A2, and S are boats therein for passengers.-
B is a pump which pumps water from the low level A2 to the high level A.
The canal has various convolutions, in the course of which it has three parallel curved stretches A3 At A5. The part A5 is built through an artificial reservoir or lake C, from which a passage D leads from the lower level A2, so that when the pump B is not running the water from the canal can flow to the lake, and when the pump B starts it will draw water from the lake to lill the canal. Over the stretch A3 of the canal is a covering having two walls E F and a roof G, which extends over beyond the stretch A4.- This roof slants slightly toward its overhanging edge. Be-
yond the wall F is a `pump H, which takes water from the lake C by the pipe I and elevates it to the roof G, where it is discharged through distributing-pipes J and nozzles K,
l vso as to cover the roof G and fall therefrom beyond the stretch A4 in the form of an artiflcial waterfall, acting as a screen for the stretch A4. The stretch A5 iiows parallel to the fall just beyond where the water strikes. Beyond the wall F there is a second pump H, which forces water into the lake C from any convenient source of supply as needed. The passage formed by the walls E and F is provided with various scenes and sights. One part, from L to L', I provide'with a glass roof, above which I place reflectors M M, covering electric lights. These illuminate the passage, the light passing through the iiowing water, thus producing a peculiar effect. To show the general location of these reflectors, I have shown one in dotted lines in Fig. 4, although in fact it would be located over the glass portion of the roof and not over the steam-chamber hereinafter referred to. The walls of this part of the passage are covered with asbestos or other glistening substance to give the effect of crystal on all sides. Another part of the stretch A3, from N to N, I fill with steam from the pipe O, illuminating the same by colored electric lights P, there preferably being different-colored lights in different succeeding parts. The walls and roof of this portion, as well as the walls and roof beneath the falls, are covered with tin Z to represent rocks. Between the lower and higher levels of the canal I provide an elevator Q'for lifting boats to the higher level. I also provide suitable embarking and landing platforms R R and suitable boats S for passengers.
In the operation of the apparatus boats are lifted by the elevator from the lower level A2 to the higher levelv A', the canal being kept full of running water by the pump B. Passengers embark at the landing R and are carried by the iiowing water along the canal. When they reach the falls, they are first carried between the walls E and F until they pass the crystal portion L Ll and then through the steam-chamber N N'. They are then carried platform R', after which the boat is put upon the elevator and lifted to the higher level and the operation repeated. Suitable entrances and eXits U U are provided for patrons.
The pump B in addition to pumping water into the beginning of the canal at the point A may inject Water into thecanal at various points a a in the direction of iow to accelerate its movement.
The whole device is preferably inclosed by a building V.
I have described my invention in connection with a water-canal.` I do not intend thereby to limit it to an apparatus in which such a canal is employed, since many of its features can be embodied in an apparatus where the vcanal is in the form of a railway with cars thereon, such as are now used in amusement apparatus in many instances.
Vl/*hat I claim isl; In an amusement apparatus the combination of a projecting roof, a canal having a stretch passing beneath said roof and means for forcing water to flow fromsaid roof and fall outside said stretch, said canal also having a stretch passing outside said roof and beyond where the water falls and substantially parallel thereto.
2. In an amusement apparatus the combination of a canal havingtwo parallel stretches, partitions on each side of one of the said stretches, a glass roof therefor covering said stretch, an extension of said roof covering the other stretch, and means for forcing water to flow from said roof and beyondY said other stretch.
3. In an amusement apparatus the combination of' a canal having two parallel stretches,
nation of a canal having three parallel stretches, a coveringover one of said stretches containing scenes, said covering having a roof extending over the next stretch, means for forcing water to flow from said roof and fall beyond said second stretch and between said second stretch and said third stretch.
5. In an amusement apparatus the combination of a canal having two parallel stretches, partitions on each side of one of the said stretches, a roof therefor covering said stretch, an extension of said roof covering the other stretch, and means for forcing water to liow from said roof andbeyond said othervstretch and means for injecting water into said canal at a plurality of points and in the normal direction of flow.
GEORGE H. DU CLOS.
LoUIs L. S. BENEDICT, L. VREELAND.