Idora Park, Youngstown

Idora Park, Youngstown

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Idora Park, Youngstown

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For another park of the same name in Oakland, California, see Idora Park.
Idora Park (1899–1984) was a northeastern Ohio amusement park popularly known as "Youngstown's Million Dollar Playground."

Built by the Youngstown Park and Falls Street Railway Company, the park's expansion coincided with the growth of the South Side of Youngstown, Ohio, in the Fosterville neighborhood. Prior to its closure in the wake of a devastating fire, Idora Park was one of the nation's few remaining urban amusement parks.

Opening and early development

The park opened as Terminal Park on May 30, 1899 which was Decoration Day. At that point in American history, it was common for trolley parks, or amusement parks, to sprout up at the end of trolley lines to generate weekend revenue. Without an admission fee, anyone who had the money for the trolley fare could go. The park's first season presented its guests a bandstand, theater, dance pavilion, a roller coaster, a circle swing, and concession stands. By the end of 1899, it was renamed "Idora Park" as a result of a contest.It was during this time period that amusement and trolley parks saw their golden age; nearly 2000 of them operated at the turn of the century. Coney Island is the most famous trolley park, but Pittsburgh’s Kennywood Park and Youngstown’s Idora Park, which both opened on the same day, were equally as famous at that time. Trolley parks gave the illusion of commonality and all classes did...
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