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White Swan Park: The Park That PennDOT Bought

A few weeks ago I wrote about how I discovered that there was an old amusement park right here in the Greensburg-area.  I’ve always been a fan of amusement parks and what once was, so it is a win-win when I get to research old amusement parks such as White Swan Park. White Swan amusement …

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Burke Glen: Monroeville’s Defunct Amusement Park

I have a special interest in amusement parks, particularly ones that no longer exist or those that feature vintage rides. From the late 19th century until the 1950s, there were almost two dozen amusement parks of varying sizes located throughout the Pittsburgh area. One of these was the Burke Glen Park in Monroeville.  Located alongside …

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Kennywood’s The Racer: The Era of Figure-Eight Coasters

I am most definitely a roller coaster enthusiast. While I love a good modern coaster such as Cedar Point’s Millennium Force, my heart lies with historic wooden roller coasters such as The Racer which is located in Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh. Kennywood is actually home to three historic coasters: the Jack Rabbit, the Racer, and …

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Oakford Park: Jeannette PA’s Defunct Amusement Park

Did you know Jeannette, Pa. was once home to a popular amusement park? Although nature has reclaimed the land, the area once was home to Oakford Park, Greensburg and Jeannette’s very own trolley park. Like many of the amusement parks of yesteryear, Oakford Park in Jeannette (sometimes listed as Greensburg) started out as a trolley …

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Leap-the-Dips: The World’s Oldest Operating Roller Coaster

Would you ride a roller coaster that’s 117 years old? This summer you might get your chance when Lakemont Park in Altoona reopens after a two-year hiatus. With it’s opening, you’ll also be able to experience the world’s oldest operating roller coaster, Leap-the-Dips. Leap-the-Dips Makes It Debut Lakemont Park was opened in the late 1800s …

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