Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Days 1 & 2: Research

The last few days have been simply incredible.

Let me start by giving you a quick recap of Monday and Tuesday. I had the privilege of spending my time on Monday and Tuesday at the Toledo library's main downtown branch. Though all the individual study rooms were taken, I holed up at a quiet partitioned-off desk in the back near all of the patent records. Curiosity getting the better of me, I ventured over to the shelf with all of the 1884 patents, searching through each volume until I found the patent for LaMarcus Thompson's "Gravity Switch-Back Railway."

The rest of my research time has been spent evaluating a project I worked on several years ago that discussed the history of the amusement industry in America. With the goal of publishing this small book by the end of the month, I've been making many minor edits and revisions to each section. Simultaneously, I've been doing additional research on the history of Disneyland, trolley parks, the revival of wooden coasters beginning with the Racer at Kings Island, and other key events that shaped the American amusement park. I'm very excited to be returning to this project and to hopefully be able to share it all with you very soon.

As for my activities today, I have LOTS to share -- stay tuned for that post very soon!


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