The end of Skyline Amusement
1994 photos by Bryan Crain
Skyline Park entrance in 1994
(from Guestbook 129) David Bagsby said:
It seems that roller coaster collapsed during a ride and killed some folks
and after that the park could never recover and folded too.
Roadside view of the entrance
(from Guestbook 163) David Worrell said:
In high school (early 70s), some of my friends and I used to do something
kind of crazy which is related to recent discussion.
There was an old abandoned amusement park down south of Tulsa (pretty sure
it was Skyline), and we used to go there after dark, climb the fence and
get inside, and go and WALK the giant wooden rollercoaster all the way around
in the dark. And yeah, we'd get high while we did that. I remember messing
around in there 3 or 4 times until we got caught one night by a security
guard while out on a small lake in some paddle boats. We didn't get in trouble;
he just made us leave. :-)
(from Guestbook 193) Joyce Richardson
Didn't a tornado take out the coaster in or around maybe mid-1970s? I remember
driving to a park outside Tulsa and seeing the tracks go up and the rest
was blown away.
If it wasn't Skyline, can anyone tell me what it was? I've wondered for awhile
if it was Skyline or I've been mixed up.
(from Guestbook 129 and 162) Lowell Burch said:
I went out to Skyline about a year ago. The property owner, who is the son
of the amusement park's last owner, did salvage some of the old park
(including timbers from the roller coaster) to build a lodge and few
other things there on the location. He didn't have any interest in talking
to me about the old park but he did give me a few sections of the old railroad
for my amusement park-themed backyard.
Webmaster: I've seen Lowell's backyard, and it is fantastic, especially
Diving platforms and lifeguard station
High dive, or is it the lifeguard platform? Does anyone know for
This round concrete structure was the
electric boat ride seen on the previous page.
Water was pumped in from the lake.
End of the trail for the stagecoach
(from Guestbook 129) Steve Bagsby said:
Speaking of the Skyline Amusement Park, there is a Country Club at the site
now. I played a dance there a while back, and noticed they had made fencing
from the old iron tracks from the roller coaster. There are still some remnants
of the old park on the site.
A new life
(from Guestbook 162) Kenneth said:
Skyline Park is now an upscale housing development named Five Oaks Ranch.
It features a ski-lodge type building that serves as a recreation and events
center. A large deck overlooks a beautiful lake.
And when a worker there told me that lake was part of the old Skyline Amusement
Park I was stunned. He pointed to where the roller coaster used to be and
then I could picture the old park. There's a small building there - kind
of rickety now - that was once a concession stand.
If you go east on 121st off the Beeline you'll see the entrance (a small
stone pillar) on the south side...like between Elwood and Elm(?)...not the
way we used to go to the park.
Skyline Lake is about 3 miles south of the Jones Airport on Elm (which
is Peoria on the west side of the river), then about a 1/2 mile east on 121st
The FIVE OAKS RANCH site has
a photo tour of the lodge, the cabin and the fishing lake today.
Google Earth satellite view today
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