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Friday, August 24, 2012

Only Amusement Park Between Philadelphia and Chicago

Thursday, August 25, 1983

On this date, a feature article appeared in the Weirton Daily Times entitled “The Enchantment of Rock Springs Echoes in Memories.” The article incorrectly stated that the park officially opened on May 30, 1887*, and that the scenic railroad was built in 1921**. However, it did add an interesting historical note. “At the time Rock Springs Park opened, it was the only amusement park between Philadelphia and Chicago.”

*Rock Springs Park had its official opening on Memorial Day, May 30, 1897.
**The World’s Greatest Scenic Railway, a gravity operated ride, opened on May 24, 1907.

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