Amusement parks with rides, concession stands, dancing and roller coasters have been around the Tulsa area since 1911starting with Orcutt Park. In west Tulsa, the Electric Amusement Park had opened by 1921 and also featured a dance hall, rides, swimming and a memorable miniature train. By 1922 the company contracted to operators of carousel and Ferris wheel rides. In 1929 Crystal City was established next to Electric Amusement Park and eventually absorbed it. The owner, Mr. Falkenberg added more rides including the large Zingo roller coaster. My grandfather took this photo of my grandmother at Crystal City around 1943.Here are some photos from a souvenir booklet (click to enlarge):
The park's popular Casa Loma dance hall and the bath house burned down in the mid-1950s.
The park soon disappeared after that. Many of the rides were installed at another one of Tulsa's facilities- Lakeview Amusement Park which was near the zoo at 4100 N. Harvard.
Other Parks: The Sand Springs Amusement Park, began in 1911 and lasted through the mid-1930s. There was the Skyline Amusement Park near Jenks which lasted through the mid-1950s and Tulsa’s Bells Amusement Park, which opened in 1951. Their Zingo was built in memory of Crystal City’s old Zingo. Bell's was forced to shut down in 2006 and is sorely missed by many.