Archive for September, 2010

Kirby Park Zoo : Take A Walk With History

My article about the Kirby Park Zoo is now available at Independent NEPA Magazine at:

Take A Walk With History

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Hanson’s Amusement Park: Abandoned but Not Forgotten Ruins

All photos are from June 15, 2010

Located on Harvey’s Lake, in Luzerne County Pennsylvania, this site opened in 1891 as the old Lehigh Valley Railroad Picnic Grounds. Early attractions at this location included a carousel, bowling alley, dance hall, a small roller coaster and an arcade.

Roller Coaster Skeleton

The Hanson family purchased the park in the mid 1930s after the addition of a Pretzel dark ride, which was later renamed Pirate’s Cove. The family continued to add numerous attractions to the park such as a skating ring, Ferris Wheel, Whip, and a kiddie land with boats, pony carts and fire engines.

Interest in the park started to decline during the 1970s. In 1980, when the “Speed Hound” roller coaster shut down because of structural damage, the park lost the ability to draw much of a crowd. The park closed after the 1984 season and its contents were auctioned off. In local newspapers, Don Hanson attributes the decision to close the park to the fact the liability insurance skyrocketed in 1984. For a few years after the park closed, a Bud Light Amphitheater operated on the picnic grounds.

To see more abandoned places in NEPA, visit my collection at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheri_sundra/sets/72157625528264284/

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Bud Light Amphitheater Remains

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