|Company||Ingersoll Construction Company, Luna Parks Amusement Company|
|Died||October 23, 1927|
Frederick Ingersoll was one of the most influential inventors and businessmen in theme park history. Aside from his company Ingersoll Construction Company, Frederick was the founder and operator, designer, and builder of Luna Parks Amusement Company, a chain of 44 amusement parks located around the world. Luna Parks Amusement Company was the world's first amusement park chain.
Life[edit | edit source]
Frederick Ingersoll was born in 1876 in New Jersey, USA.  He began his career manufacturing a variety of devices outside of the theme park industry. Eventually, however, Frederick took interest in the rising trend of amusements following the opening of Luna Park in Coney Island (a model that his company would follow as transformed it from a singular park to a chain of 44 across the world).
Death[edit | edit source]
On October 23, 1927 Frederick Ingersoll passed away as a result of asphyxiation from gas fumes. He was discovered deceased in a sealed concession stand at Krug Park in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Ingersoll's death was ruled suicide following ill health. 
Today, a plaque in his remembrance stands at Kennywood Park in Pennsylvania.
References:[edit | edit source]
- "Ingersoll Stock Options for Luna Park Washington D.C., USA". Evening Star (Washington, DC, USA). https://www.newspapers.com/clip/66343247/frederick-ingersoll-luna-park-and/.
- "Luna Park's luminary: Entrepreneur/roller coaster designer deserves his due". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA). https://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2008/09/01/Luna-Park-s-luminary-Entrepreneur-roller-coaster-designer-deserves-his-due/stories/200809010125.
- "Frederick Ingersoll Obituary". The Des Moines Register. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/42378877/frederick-ingersoll-obit-1927/#.