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September 8, 2017

Remembering the Island Queen

The fiery end of the Island Queen became part of Pittsburgh lore, one of the most dramatic moments in the city’s history. But lost in the pathos of that day was the Island Queen’s larger story, a history that linked the boat to the earliest days of western river steamboats and Pittsburgh’s own riverine heritage.

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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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