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Canfield man builds Idora Park Museum

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CANFIELD, Ohio - A Canfield man plans to build a museum, displaying hundreds of artifacts from Youngstown's former Idora Park.

Jim Amey has spent the past two decades collecting the items from the iconic landmark.

His collection began in 1993, while walking with his wife through the deserted park property.

"I found a little light socket, and I said 'I'm keeping this,' and I still have it," said Amey. "That's my most treasured artifact from Idora Park."

Today, his collection includes the soldiers that once guarded Kiddie Land, as well as the 40 ft. Kiddie Train. He also has an original turtle, and what-could-be one of the original rocket ships. As well as, signs and other memorabilia.

"I probably took it for granted as a kid, like every other kid in Youngstown probably did," said Amey. "And its one of those things once you lose it's like 'Wow, look what we had."

Amey is working to restore all the pieces from his collection and plans to display the items in a 5,000 square foot building, being constructed next to his home.

"It's a private museum, and I hope people don't expect to see the Smithsonian, but it should be fun and I'm going to try and make it as close to what they remember as possible," said Amey.

He plans to debut the collection April 26th. Thirty years after a fire ultimately forced Idora Park to close.
















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