The Coney Island History Project invites you to the Coney Island Hall
of Fame 2008 Induction Ceremony at 12 noon on Thursday, August 28
FREE ADMISSION FOR ONE AND ALL!
This year’s inductees:
The 1960s space-age amusement park founded by the Albert family joins Steeplechase, Dreamland, Luna Park, and Sea Lion Park as an honoree in the Amusement Park Architecture category.
Granville T. Woods, Inventor
Known as the “Black Thomas Edison.” Woods was an engineer who developed dozens of innovative mass transit improvements, many of which he demonstrated at Coney Island. He also invented and patented an early electric roller coaster.
Woody Guthrie, Activist Songwriter
Coney Island resident, folksinger, songwriter, and activist. Guthrie lived on Mermaid Avenue for a decade and wrote many songs about the neighborhood. When he died in 1967, his ashes were spread in the ocean at Coney Island.
William Ward, Coney Pioneer
The Wards were early Coney pioneers, and the family is the last of the original landowners from the 1870s. William Ward was the proprietor of the block-long Ward’s Baths and Ward’s carousel, roller coaster, and kiddie park. Ward was also founder and president of the Bank of Coney Island, developer of the Half Moon Hotel, and president of Coney Island Chamber of Commerce.