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Idora Park 1988

Posted by LOTGK on November 27, 2007

Idora Park 1988

With the Thanksgiving holiday just passing and the air beginning to chill, my thoughts wondered to Idora Park, the old amusement park nestled inside Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Idora Park enjoyed big crowds of people standing in line to ride the Wild Cat roller coaster which at the time was ranked in the top 10 in roller coasters in the nation. Corporate sponsored picnics made the park swell even more on Strouss picnic day along with Parochial school day.

In 1984, Idora Park suffered a terrible fire that consumed the Lost River, ironically was a water ride in the form of a tunnel of love and the Wild Cat coaster, the parks main attraction. The park opened for the 1984 season but with the Wild Cat not operating, the attendance was sparse and Idora Park closed that September.

My wife Patty and I took our son Patrick to Idora Park April 17th 1988 to have a look see at what was left of the once proud and fun park. We also brought our handy Magnavox camcorder with us to record what was left. As the video shows, the Jack Rabbit cars were still in it’s station, the Ballroom was intact, Cheyenne shootout was still standing, the Wild Cat, while burned, what was left was still standing with a menacing aura emanating from it.

Enjoy the video. An update full of pictures both inside the park and aerial views of what the park looks like as of today plus personal experiences of my visits to the park with a special account of my daring wife and her riding the Wild Cat.

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