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September 20, 2017

Manufacturing Thrills: The Legacy of Western Pennsylvania’s Roller Coaster Pioneers

The photograph of Pittsburgh-based T. M. Harton Company’s Scenic Auto-Dip is a great reminder of the remarkable legacy of multiple people from this region who manufactured the thrilling ups and downs of roller coaster rides well into the 20th century.

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September 6, 2017

Last Ride of Summer: West View Park and the Nostalgia for Lost Amusement Parks

In September 1977, West View Park closed for the last time. What is it about lost amusement parks that evokes such nostalgia?

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July 21, 2017

Locating Luna Park

This excerpt from Luna: Pittsburgh’s Original Lost Kennywood, follows Frederick Ingersoll in choosing a site to build Luna Park after his first two deals fell through. Late in 1904 he settled on the Aspinwall estate, a mysterious old house on the wooded eastern slope of Herron Hill, a couple blocks from today’s Bloomfield Bridge.

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