About The Bobsled...
The "how's" and "why's" of Castle Corps coming to own The Bobsled are well documented in several articles of The Castle Crier. Unfortunately, those issues are far enough into the history of The Crier that it may be a little while before they will be posted to this site, so I suppose some brief information is in order.
What is The Bobsled?
The Bobsled is a small portable roller coaster, ideally suited for travelling carnivals, circuses, etc. It was manufacturerd in the late 1950's by the Allen Hershell company. Somewhere in the mid 60's, it was permanently installed in the Santa's Village amusement park in Scotts Valley, California.
Santa's Village went bankrupt in the late 1970's. Borland International bought the property of the old amusement park for it's corporate headquarters, and began disposing of the remaining rides such as the Storybookland Train, and the spinning snowballs ride (which was refurbished, re-themed, and now sits under the Logger's Revenge log flume ride at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
To make a long story short, The Bobsled was not claimed by anyone, and the Castle Corps was able to save it from the scrap heap with only a few weeks to spare.
It has been moved about in its disassembled form a couple times since being moved from the old Santa's Village property. It currently awaits restoration work (and about a 10 x 30 meter flat area to set it up) on some property in the Sierra Nevada foothills, near Groveland, California.