The Wild Mouse was a memorable Boardwalk ride experience from 1958 to 1975. It tickles me that whenever we host groups for a Boardwalk tour, memories of this ride abound. People still recall the emotional impact, usually after experiencing just one ride, many decades ago. It always amazes me that folks still have such vivid memories of riding "The Mouse" when it has been gone for more than 40 years!
The Boardwalk's Cave Train opened in 1961, and our cave occupants have been an integral part of the beach scene ever since. But twenty years ago, we almost lost the ride. Boardwalk staff didn't realize how popular the ride and its prehistoric inhabitants were, until we started dismantling the cave in 1998. Here’s how the story unfolded.