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Cascade Park’s Legacy of the Roller Coaster in the Woods

Cascade Park in New Castle is probably one of my favorite defunct Western Pennsylvania amusement parks. Maybe its because of its fantastic history as an amusement park, but what I think is even more fascinating about the former park is how much of the old park remains — you just need to know where to …

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Conneaut Lake Park’s Blue Streak Pittsburgh Connection

When it comes to the lost amusement parks of Western Pennsylvania, one of the ones that stands out in the minds of many longtime residents of Pittsburgh is West View Park. While I never had the chance to experience West View, as it closed in 1977 (six years before I was born), I had the …

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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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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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