In 1965 the Idlewild Management Company decided to resurrect the zoo concept that had faded away during the World War II years. Featuring a collection of North American wild animals and a domestic petting zoo, Frontier Safariland debuted to the public on May 23, 1965 at the start of Idlewild Park's new season. It was built… Continue reading On This Day in Idlewild History: Frontier Safariland Opens
Today, Saturday, May 19, 2018, marks the official opening day for Idlewild and SoakZone's 141st season! Although the park has already hosted some events this year and the once-separate Story Book Forest used to open the first weekend in May, traditionally Memorial Day weekend marked the formal opening of the park each year, back to… Continue reading Idlewild’s Opening Day
Happy Birthday, Idlewild and SoakZone! Today marks the 140th anniversary of Pennsylvania's oldest amusement park. On May 1, 1878, William Darlington penned another letter to Judge Thomas Mellon settling terms for the Ligonier Valley Rail Road to lease part of a scenic Ligonier Township estate for "picnic purposes or pleasure grounds." Dear Sir: In compliance with… Continue reading Idlewild: The Right and Privilege for 140 years
This is the first in a series of "behind the book" posts I'll be publishing periodically to highlight my research behind Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania's Oldest Amusement Park. I'll also be sharing photos that didn't make the book and digging deeper into Idlewild's history. Enjoy! Spring has finally arrived in Western Pennsylvania. Trees are… Continue reading A Deal with Darlington
I’m thrilled to announce that my new book, Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park, will be published April 2, 2018 by The History Press! Idlewild will be available at local stores and Idlewild Park as well as through online outlets, including Arcadia Publishing/The History Press. I am also taking pre-orders and will… Continue reading Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park – Coming April 2, 2018!
The next year is going to be pretty busy! I'm pleased to announce that I have started working on my second book for The History Press, which will tell the story of Idlewild Park, Pennsylvania's oldest amusement park! I need your help! I'm seeking never-before-heard stories and rare photographs from past and present visitors, employees… Continue reading Seeking Stories & Photos for New Idlewild Park Book!
It’s been far too long since I last posted some of my grandfather's photographs of his service in the United States’ draft army and the time he spent in Manila, Philippines during the interim between World War II and the Korean War. In honor of Veteran’s Day today, I think it’s time to get back… Continue reading Pap: Manila Police Station or Hike Shoe Factory? – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947