It’s August in Pittsburgh. It’s hot and its hazy and that can only mean one thing! ITS KENNYWOOD SEASON.
When I was a kid in Michigan we didn’t have anything so cool as an amusement park right in our own town. And Kennywood isn’t just awesome for the Black Widow, Thunderbolt or Potato Patch Fries, its also cool for its amazing history.
Before 1898 the spot where Kennywood now stands was a sleepy wooded area on Anthony Kenny’s farm. Even before that, the area was the site of an important battle of the French and Indian War. Around 1898 the Monongahela Street Railways Company owned by CMU donor, banker and Great Depression lightning rod Andrew Mellon took the area from a quiet grove to an amusement attraction with a casino, carousel and dance pavillion. Mellon figured if he made a fun destination folks would flock to it, oh and they’d use his streetcar to get there. Since then fun has been the name of the game at Kennywood.
For over a hundred years Kennywood has showing Pittsburgher’s a good time. Just about everyone has a made a great memory there, whether you had a secret kiss on the Old Mill, won a great prize, or took a school trip with all your friends. Kennywood’s so famous its one of only two amusement parts that have historical landmark status.
If you can’t make it to Kennywood this weekend the library has tons of stuff to get you in the mood to make a trip soon!