KKENNYWOOD VS LUNA: PITTSBURGH’S AMUSEMENT PARK RIVALRY
As the 19th century ended, people had more money, more free time, and more ways to spend both. Kennywood arose from rough and tumble Kenny’s Grove and was outfitted with rides by Frederick Ingersoll, Pittsburgh’s leading showman. Five years later, Ingersoll built his own park, Luna, in North Oakland, but it was more like a World’s Fair than a picnic grove.
Long gone, Luna’s legacy endures as the Lost Kennywood section of Kennywood. Come enjoy rollicking tales of the parks’ intertwined histories.
Brian Butko is the Director of Publications for the Senator John Heinz History Center and author of Greetings from the Lincoln Highway, the story of Route 30 (as it’s known in Western Pennsylvania) and its place in American history.
The public is welcome to attend this free AAUW-sponsored presentation.
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