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Ligonier Beach: Ligonier’s Classic Swimming Pool

Fifty years ago, large, public swimming pools were common. They could often be found paired with amusement parks and even drive-ins. Over the years, these pools began closing, each one disappearing into memories. Ligonier Beach, which was a local staple, managed to survive for 93 years before closing forever last year. It always seems that …

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Blue Dell Complex in Irwin: Eat, Swim, and See a Movie

Large public swimming pools and drive-in movie theaters were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s. It wasn’t unusual for towns to have several of each. With four different drive-ins as well as a 1.5 million gallon public pool, Irwin had both.  The Blue Dell was located three miles east of McKeesport along the Lincoln …

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