Coney Island Lions
A New York resident recently purchased a pair of giant zinc lion's claws from the estate sale of a deceased collector of amusement park memorabilia.
He believes the claws once adorned a huge lion that greeted visitors to the famed Steeplechase Park in Coney Island just outside of New York City.
Could this be an artifact from bygone days, when tens of thousands flocked to the park for a breath of sea air and a whiff of excitement on its many rides?
History Detectives travels back in time to explore the colorful history of one of the earliest amusement parks in the country.
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