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  1. Lost Amusement Parks of Western Pennsylvania’s Mon Valley

    May 17, 2022, 6:30 PM
    McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center

    The confluence of several factors spurred the growth of picnic groves and amusement parks in post-Civil War America: developing industries, expanding transportation systems, evolving technology and increased leisure time for the middle and working classes. Western Pennsylvania was a prime example of this as dozens of parks sprung up along electric streetcar lines, on the outskirts of towns, and in scenic rural areas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, serving as respites from the daily grind – and even grime – of urban life. As part of her research for a forthcoming book on lost amusement parks, author Jennifer Sopko will share fascinating stories and images of some of the long-gone recreation spots around Western Pennsylvania’s Monongahela Valley, including Olympia Park in Versailles, Rainbow Gardens in White Oak, Calhoun Park in Lincoln Place, Homestead Park in Homestead, and Eldora Park near Donora.

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