I'm Walt. And I'm Marie Elena.
This is the collaboration of two kindred spirits; partners in rhyme;
"the best friends we've never met."
All "Across the Lake. Eerily."

Friday, February 12, 2010


"Trolly Park," back in The Day,
No admission fee to pay.

Once-sought park was Youngstown’s pride
Railway’s ending on South Side.

Greeted by Jack Rabbit’s hills,
Promises of coaster thrills.

Wild Cat’s three-minute ride,
Acclaimed in “Top Ten” nation wide.

Lost River, Carousel,
Kooky Castle, Wishing Well,

Rocket Ride, and Kiddie Land,
Laffin’ Lena’s Loony Land,

Helter Skelter Bumper Cars,
Picnic shelter, monkey bars,

Cheyenne Shoot Out, Wacky Shack,
Of course, the CP Railroad Track,

Porky Pig the Paper Eater,
Ferris Wheels that rock and teeter,

Candied Apples, Caramel too,
Painted face and fake tattoo,

House of Mirrors, Tilt-a-Whirl,
Dip your fries in ice cream swirl.

Ballroom, built in 1910,
Drew in famous acts from then.

Dorsey, Tommy; Miller, Glenn;
Truly Big Band anchor men.

Tough times hit the park, and hard
Fire left it scarred and charred.

Sheet and Tube went belly up
Leaving Youngstown near bankrupt.

Once, Idora Park had shone;
Sadly, now a vacant zone.

Ticket Stand is all that’s left,
From demolition, fire, and theft.

Rats now roam where once we played,
No midway rides; no penny arcade.

Yearly visits, gone astray,
Revisiting my heart today.

(1895-1984, R.I.P.)

Marie Elena

For photos and information, see:  http://www.defunctparks.com/parks/OH/Idora/idora.htm