Idora Park photos: The decay continues

Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2000 9:10 PM | Contributed by coastersbysteve

On Monday, October 23, 2000, I was at Idora Park and took some photos. The park and coasters are really starting to show signs of serious neglect. I have posted some of the pics at Coasters by Steve.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2000 6:41 AM
Abandoned amusement parks are a very sad sight. I haven't visited Idora but I did take a look at Chippewa Lake not too long ago. The coaster there is also in pretty tought shape.

According to this site, Idora's Jackrabbit opened in 1910. I believe that makes it the second oldest coaster in the world, just behind Lakemont's Leap the Dips (1902) and Clementon's Jack Rabbit (1919).
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Wednesday, October 25, 2000 3:15 PM
Don't forget the Wild One, which was built in 1917 at Paragon Park, now at Six Flags America.
Adam
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Wednesday, October 25, 2000 4:05 PM
I live in Y-Town and it is so depressing to see this park just sit there all abandoned. I wish someone would buy it and turn it back into a great park!
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Wednesday, October 25, 2000 5:48 PM
I forgot Wild One, actually, I never even heard of that. I remember hearing about the Clementon Lake JackRabbit and how it used to be the world's oldest operating coaster pre-Leap the Dips restoration. I guess it was wrong all along.

One or another of these coaster data base sites needs to be able to search for coasters by year.

Back to Idora, There have been rumors floating around for a while now about Conneut (sp?) Lake Park moving and/or rebuilding one or both of the Idora Coasters. The original blueprints for Wildcat supposedly exist somewhere. None of the sources really seemed to have much reliable info on this however.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2000 6:44 PM
Well i went to the Canfield fair on labor day weekend. Canfield by the way is a neighboring town of youngstown. WEll at the fair a guy had on display an exact replica model of the wildcat roller coaster, and with the coaster he had a copy of the actual blueprints. The model it self was cool. Great wooden twister. So the plans do exist, i saw them with my own eyes.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2000 7:39 PM

That is so sad. All of the pictures are just depressing.



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Thursday, October 26, 2000 1:31 AM
Conneaut Lake Park has blueprints to both of those great woodies. Maybe if all of you get together and support THAT park, they will be around for years to come. Then they can secure funding and financing to move at least one of those rides, if not both.

*19 days to IAAPA!*
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Friday, October 27, 2000 12:42 PM
I can't stand to see an abondon park.
I wish It would re-open.



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Friday, October 27, 2000 4:16 PM
I hate abandoned parks. All the horid pictures are very depressing.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2000 3:35 PM
Come on you all instead of just sitting at your computers and feeling bad and getting depressed about hoorid pictures. Insted of wishing that the park would re-open, DO SOMETHING!! ANYTHING. Write to Connneaut lake park and ask them to fix up the roller coasters. Or write to the local government. Maybe they could do somthing like that park in New York that is owned and operated by the government. Or just get together other coaster lovers and ask them to save this park or at least the Jack Rabbit. I'm only 16 and I don't even remeber when when Leap the Dips got restored and I don't know all the details, but is the second oldest roller coaster in the world not good enough. Does it have to be the oldest until people take action to save the ride?? Lets do something and we can start it right here on coaster buzz. And who knows maybe one day we will all ride the Jack Rabbit and the Wildcat instead of just looking at the models and saying. "Hey that looks cool."

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SP we hardly knew Ye
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Tuesday, October 31, 2000 3:36 PM
Come on you all instead of just sitting at your computers and feeling bad and getting depressed about hoorid pictures. Insted of wishing that the park would re-open, DO SOMETHING!! ANYTHING. Write to Connneaut lake park and ask them to fix up the roller coasters. Or write to the local government. Maybe they could do somthing like that park in New York that is owned and operated by the government. Or just get together other coaster lovers and ask them to save this park or at least the Jack Rabbit. I'm only 16 and I don't even remeber when when Leap the Dips got restored and I don't know all the details, but is the second oldest roller coaster in the world not good enough. Does it have to be the oldest until people take action to save the ride?? Lets do something and we can start it right here on coaster buzz. And who knows maybe one day we will all ride the Jack Rabbit and the Wildcat instead of just looking at the models and saying. "Hey that looks cool."

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SP we hardly knew Ye
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Tuesday, October 31, 2000 3:37 PM
Come on you all instead of just sitting at your computers and feeling bad and getting depressed about hoorid pictures. Insted of wishing that the park would re-open, DO SOMETHING!! ANYTHING. Write to Connneaut lake park and ask them to fix up the roller coasters. Or write to the local government. Maybe they could do somthing like that park in New York that is owned and operated by the government. Or just get together other coaster lovers and ask them to save this park or at least the Jack Rabbit. I'm only 16 and I don't even remeber when when Leap the Dips got restored and I don't know all the details, but is the second oldest roller coaster in the world not good enough. Does it have to be the oldest until people take action to save the ride?? Lets do something and we can start it right here on coaster buzz. And who knows maybe one day we will all ride the Jack Rabbit and the Wildcat instead of just looking at the models and saying. "Hey that looks cool."

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SP we hardly knew Ye
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