Articles about Eldora Park
Eldora Park Historical Photos

Monongahela Valley Review, Volume 1, No. 11, November 16, 1985
Layout of the Park. Map is from the 1985 article More on Eldora Park from Monongahela Valley Review, Volume 1, No. 11, November 16, 1985

Penn Pilot, Penn State Center for Environmental Informatics
Aerial photo taken October 2, 1938

Photo courtesy of Pat Sanders Murphy
The roller coaster, called the Figure 8, is believed to have been designed by Frederick Ingersoll, an internationally acclaimed designer of amusement park rides... (Paglia, 2006a)

Fred Ingersoll, a native Pittsburgher, designed, built, and operated a roller coaster at Kennywood called the Figure Eight. This 1902 coaster was the forerunner of today's Jack Rabbit, Racer, and Thunderbolt. (Kennywood Park Coaster History)

Photo courtesy of Don Roessler
Don Roessler of Canonsburg contributed this business card from L. F. Ingersoll Attraction Company, the business run by brothers Le Forest and Frederick Ingersoll. The figure eight toboggan coaster featured on the business card appears to be the Figure Eight Roller Coaster at Eldora Park, evidence that the Eldora Park coaster was in fact designed by the Ingersolls.

Daily Mail, May 19, 1906
Photographed from microfilm at University of California of Pennsylvania Library
Contributed by Jeff Antol
AT POPULAR ELDORA PARK, WHICH OPENED ON THURSDAY

Note the toboggan style cars on the roller coaster.

Daily Mail, May 29, 1906
Photographed from microfilm at University of California of Pennsylvania Library
Contributed by Jeff Antol
HAPPY CROWD OF SCHOOL CHILDREN PICNICERS AT ELDORA TODAY

Street car station platform Park entrance in the hollow.

Monongahela Valley Review, Volume 1, No. 7, September 1, 1985
Park entrance from the street car station

Monongahela Valley Review, Volume 1, No. 11, November 16, 1985
Arch sign at the Park entrance from the street car station. Patrons walked a brick foot path through the arch and up the hill to the Park.

Monongahela Valley Review, Volume 1, No. 7, September 1, 1985
Electric Theater

The Electric Theater was one of the earliest movie theaters in the Mon Valley that began showing movies in 1903. It was unusual by today's standards, because it was a tent.

Monongahela Valley Review, Volume 1, No. 7, September 1, 1985
Dance Pavilion

Monongahela Valley Review, Volume 1, No. 11, November 16, 1985
Photo of the Park taken from a nearby hill top

Monongahela Valley Review, Volume 1, No. 11, November 16, 1985
Winter Scene taken from the front yard of the Wickerham house.


Photo courtesy of Pat Sanders Murphy
I remember the big picnics, large groups of people in the middle 1930s... [said Eugenia Kolessar] (Paglia, 2006b)

The park was a popular site for picnics for family reunions, community associations, and miners. A headline in the Friday, July 28, 1911, edition of The Charleroi Mail proclaimed, "Eldora Park To Be Mecca For Miners." The subhead noted, "Pay to be Disbursed at Various Mines Today in Order to Give Men Opportunity to Attend Picnic." (Paglia, 2006a)


Photo courtesy of Pat Sanders Murphy
Eugene Maxwell [Max] Wickerham, was born in Eldora on Feb. 6, 1895, a son of the late James and Elizabeth Donnick Wickerham...[Wickerham was] a member of one of the Mon Valley's pioneer families. (Paglia, 2006b)


Photo courtesy of Pat Sanders Murphy
(The skating rink) opened right after the war (World War II) started, probably in 1942, [Eugenia] Kolessar recalled....Skating was very popular among the young people in those days. (Paglia, 2006b)

My goodness, that's Janet (Wickerham Gregory) on the left" (Paglia, 2006b)

Monongahela Valley Review, Volume 1, No. 11, November 16, 1985
Street Car Track Construction

Construction crew building the street car line through the hollow pauses for a photograph.

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