Standing before a building that
has been part of his life since childhood, Bill Cassidy looks
out onto South Street in Bridgeton, New Jersey, a town he's
known for all his 91 years. He's something of an elder statesman
in Bridgeton these days; he was chief of police for a time in
the fifties, and he still serves as the town's zoning officer.
That's the old Pretzel Amusement
Ride factory in the background, where Mr. Cassidy and his father
manufactured the world's first and most well-known dark ride.
The former trolley barn now houses a bustling fabric distribution
company, with nary a trace remaining of the machinery or craftsmen
and artists who produced the varied procession of Pretzel rides
that emerged from its doors over five decades, nearly 1500 of
them, bound for amusement parks and carnivals all over the United
States and beyond.