Surf Avenue, Coney Island
Not just spectacles, but real fires were common at Coney Island. Sometimes they engulfed large swaths of the mostly wooden structures in the area, as shown in this image by H. S. Lewis. In 1903 a devastating fire took place on Coney Island’s Bowery. Steeplechase burned in 1907 and was completely rebuilt eight months later. Dreamland burned in 1911, never to reopen. With Dreamland gone, many felt that the old Coney Island would soon disappear.
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