The Magic Whirlpool was a classic dark water ride created by Edward M. Bayliss, a noted showman.
The buildings exterior featured a massive arch that led to an 80 foot circular cascade. A thirty foot waterfall greeted visitors as they entered into boats that floated on a shallow pool, led safely by a centered channel. As they descended around a 60 foot waterfall, their boats took six trips around the waterfall before approaching an `Enchanted Lake.” Suddenly, they would enter into tunnels and chambers, complete with tropical gardens, special effects, and various artwork and illusions. The boats encircled twice around the base of the waterfall before exiting the 500 foot trip. Upon getting off, the riders could enter a café for refreshments.
Three powerful centifygal pumps were employed to move 49,000 gallons of water per minute, which flowed through the Magic Whirlpool and came from the Mississippi River, seventeen miles away.
Five high power motors provided energy for the water pumps.
2,700 feet of railroad track and 2,300 feet of water canal was used in its construction. The ride contained 500 feet of rapids.
The electric current alone cost 28,000 dollars for the seven month period of the Fair.
Building cost: 90,000 dollars
Electricity cost: 28,000 dollars
Price of Admission- 15 cents adults, 10 cents children