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Near Ligonier in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Idlewild Park

 
 
Idlewild Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 6, 2012
1. Idlewild Park Marker
Inscription. The longest-operating amusement park in Pennsylvania and among the oldest in the nation. In 1878, Thomas Mellon leased land along his Ligonier Valley Railroad hoping to increase passenger traffic by opening a picnic ground. Amusement rides began to be added in the 1890s; several rides from the 1930s continue to operate today. Surviving the the railroad closure, two World Wars and the Great Depression, Idlewild provides nationally recognized family recreation.
 
Erected 2012 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 15.829′ N, 79° 16.795′ W. Marker is near Ligonier, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) and Idlewild Road, on the right when traveling east on Lincoln Highway. Click for map. Located at the exit of Idlewild Park. Marker is in this post office area: Ligonier PA 15658, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Picture Yourself on the Lincoln Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Idlewild In 1938 - The Rollo Coaster Opens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Philadelphia Tobaggan Company Carousel Number 83 (approx. mile away); Idlewild Park Depot / Smallest Train Station
Idlewild Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 6, 2012
2. Idlewild Park Marker
(approx. mile away); Railroad Signs (approx. mile away); Road versus Rail (approx. 2.3 miles away); Ligonier Depot (approx. 2.3 miles away); Roadside Enterprise (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ligonier.
 
Also see . . .  Idlewild and SoakZone website. (Submitted on October 6, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Dedicated on October 6, 2012
My wife and I attended the dedication ceremony, and despite the slight drizzle and early fall weather, it was a nice event. Stories and remarks were made by; Jeffrey S. Croushore (Sales & Public Relations Manager, Idlewild & SoakZone), David Hahner, Nominator (Historian, American Coaster Enthusiasts), and Jean Craige Pepper (Commissioner, PA Historical & Museum Commission) followed by the unveiling by Brandon Leonatti, General Manager.
    — Submitted October 6, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 
Categories. EntertainmentRailroads & Streetcars
 
Idlewild Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 6, 2012
3. Idlewild Park Marker
Directly after its unveiling.
Standing l to r: Jeffrey S. Croushore, Sales & Public Relations Manager; Jean Craige Pepper, Commissioner, PA Historical & Museum Commission; David Hahner, Historian, American Coaster Enthusiasts (and the Nominator), Brandon Leonatti, General Manager
Idlewild Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 6, 2012
4. Idlewild Park Marker
Before its unveiling
The Unveiling image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 6, 2012
5. The Unveiling
Idlewild Park Entrance sign image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 6, 2012
6. Idlewild Park Entrance sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 444 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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