Oregon Centennial ~1959Centennial Orders Amusement 'Gayway'
Oregon Journal October 14, 1958
The Oregon Centennial commission Monday directed its staff to begin working out contractual arrangements for huge, modern amusement midway for the state's birthday celebration next year.
The commission said a "Gayway" 1,045 feet long and 200 feet deep, covering some 262,000 feet of space, will be provided.
Floyd Maxwell Centennial managing director told the commission only one acceptable offer to build the center had been made as a result of advertisements he placed in Billboard, a trade publication, and Portland newspapers.
Burrard now is operating the British Columbia midway, he said, and would probably bring much of the same equipment to Portland. The firm said it would pay the centennial 25 per cent of the gross volume on the giant show, or a minimum of $20 a front foot. This would guarantee the Centennial a minimum of $20,900.
Burrard is owned by C. P. Mackey, Portland proprietor of the Jantzen Beach park, Robert Bollinger, Portland, owner of the Oaks Park Amusement center, and Denvere Burtenshaw of Bellingham.. . . .