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Pittsburgh’s lost Amusement Park: White Swan Park

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From 1955 to 1989, a small amusement park known as White Swan Park straddled Moon and Findlay Townships.  Although the park was small in size and known as a kiddie park, White Swan had great business.

The park was shut down when the Pennsylvania Department Transportation (PennDot) bought the park and its 40 acres to build a larger highway for the new Pittsburgh airport.

According to local amusement park historian Jim Futrell, the park was special because of the owners.

Roy Todd and Margaret Kleeman, along with her husband, started the park and bought brand new rides for it.

When the park closed, White Swan was home to 15 rides, including a scrambler, carousel, ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, bumper cars, and two roller coasters.  The roller coasters, Galaxi and Mad Mouse, were sold and relocated.

The Mad Mouse was relocated to Lakemont Park in Altoona, PA and has since been retired.  The Galaxi found its way to Lubbock Texas at Joyland Amusement Park and continues to thrill guests to this day.

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6 Responses to “Pittsburgh’s lost Amusement Park: White Swan Park”

  1. mark bittner on October 26th, 2012 9:21 am

    i remember going to white swan park for my father’s work picnics and club picnics. plus lived 10 mins. away. school summer vacations friends and i would hangout there. the place brings back fond memorizes and is surely missed.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    My dad’s company picnic used to be at white swan park he worked for Wyatt inc.

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  2. No name on April 16th, 2013 1:52 pm

    MEMORIES!!!

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  3. Jeff Gaines on February 11th, 2014 1:58 pm

    Hello all,

    I was born in Aliquippa. I was brought to this park many times with my family during the 60’s and 70’s. Fond memories indeed. I was wondering what happened to the amazing train they had there. It was by far my favorite ride and. while many articles speak of the fates of most of the amusement rides … NONE tell of that beautiful trains fate. Does anyone know what happened to it?

    Thanks and God bless,

    Jeff

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    Mike Funyak Reply:

    Hi Jeff,

    I am not sure what happened the train that was at White Swan Park. I will attempt to find out where the train is today. I do know many of picnic benches were purchased by Kennywood and many of them found a new home at Idlewild.

    -Mike

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    Mike Funyak Reply:

    Hi Jeff,

    I want to inform you I did my research and found out where the White Swan miniature train went at the auction. I don’t know who the actual buyer was, but I do know the train is currently in the hands of a private collector. Thanks for Reading!

    -Mike

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