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Rainbow Gardens

Rainbow Gardens

Share this…Rainbow Gardens opened in 1924 at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Route 48 in White Oak with a roller rink. An impressive pool was constructed in 1926 with a sand beach along three sides of the pool, multiple diving boards, slides, and a two-level bathhouse. In 1968, there was talk about using the land to connect an expressway.  The owners, fearing the worst,

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Riverview Park

Riverview Park

Share this…While not an amusement park by definition, Riverview Park also had attractions that have long been forgotten. After Mary Schenley’s donation of Schenley Park across town, residents of what was then the city of Allegheny collected money to purchase 200 acres of Samuel Watson’s farm in 1884. The city of Allegheny became part of Pittsburgh in 1907, only a few years after the land

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West View Park

West View Park

Share this…West View Park was founded by Thomas M. (T.M.) Harton and opened on May 23, 1906. Harton was a Pittsburgh native who owned the T.M. Harton Company, an amusement enterprise. The company had been building amusement rides previous to West View Park and exclusively made the first rides in the park, which were a carousel, the Mystic Chute mill ride, and a figure eight rollercoaster.

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Fairview Park

Fairview Park

Share this…One lesser-known amusement park with a great deal of historical significance is Westmoreland County’s Fairview Park. A group of African-American churches in the greater Pittsburgh area came together in the 1940’s to find an alternative to amusement parks like West View and Kennywood that were “whites-only” at the time. In 1945, they were able to purchase 100 acres in Salem Township (near Delmont) for

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Kennywood Park

Kennywood Park

Share this…The land that became Kennywood started out as part of a farm owned by Anthony Kenny. The land was known as “Kenny’s Grove” and was a popular picnic spot dating back to the American Civil War. The Monongahela Street Railways Company leased the land from the Kenny family in 1898 to build a trolley park at the end of the streetcar line. Kennywood struggled

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Luna Park

Luna Park

Share this… Luna Park opened in 1905 on the corner of Craig Street and Center Avenue. The park was constructed and owned by Frederick Ingersoll who was from the Pittsburgh area. Ingersoll built the first chain of amusement parks that were known as “Luna Parks”. The Pittsburgh location was the first in the chain out of nearly 50 others. The park operated from 1905 to

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Success on Ice: Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux

Success on Ice: Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux

Share this…The Pittsburgh Penguins, over the past forty-plus years, have turned themselves into one of the most storied franchises in the history of the National Hockey League.  Today, led by their young captain, Sidney Crosby, the Penguins have proven year after year to be one of the NHL’s most successful franchises, as well as boasting the title of Stanley Cup Champions in 2009. There has

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Pittsburgh Pirates:  A Charmed Life

Pittsburgh Pirates:  A Charmed Life

Share this…For centuries, people have looked to good luck charms to enhance their fortunes.  The ancient Egyptians wore Eye of Horus talismans, the Celts carried rabbits’ feet, and the Druids pocketed four-leaf clovers.  It seems a bit fanciful to believe that necklaces, animal appendages, and common weeds can bring good fortune, but in light of some of the Pirates lucky pieces, they don’t seem all

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Pittsburgh Kids – Family Time in the ‘Burgh 

Pittsburgh Kids - Family Time in the 'Burgh 

Share this…Remember when you dreamed of having a family with little ones running about?  Well, if that dream has come true, it is your duty not only to love, clothe, and feed them, but have a little fun with them in the process.  Keep in mind, these years pass by quickly so take lots of pictures and enjoy each and every day!  Believe it or

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The Pittsburgh Marathon: Competitors Have the Run of the Place   

The Pittsburgh Marathon: Competitors Have the Run of the Place   

Share this…The streets are closed to traffic and music fills the air.  People line the streets cheering. The city puts out the welcome mat. No, a dignitary or the president isn’t visiting.  The hoopla is for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. On May 5, 1985, Pittsburgh hosted its first marathon, and in 2011, the city hosted the 22nd running of the 26.2 mile foot

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