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Valley man preserves the history of Idora Park

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Idora Park was around for 85 years before a huge fire in destroyed it in 1984.

Jim Amey, like many other long time Valley residents, remembers it as a happy place.

“As a child I went to Idora Park quite a bit. I worked there the summer of 1976 and fell in love with it. But like many things when you lose it, you start to realize what it was you had,” Amey said.

So Jim began a quest to find as many pieces of Idora Park that he could and it has taken him all across the country.

“It's spread out all over the place. We've been quite a few places to find these things, but we've found quite a few,” Amey said.

The collection includes three of the original cars from the wooden Wild Cat roller roaster. “This is my favorite because it's in such great shape and it's original,” Amey said.

You might also remember the original cars from the Jack Rabbit, the tilt-a-whirl, the Kooky Castle and the turtle ride.

Another special piece is an original small gage gas powered train from Kiddie Land that was purchased by a local resident. “He had it restored. It's in pretty good condition and he's had it since the auction in ’84. I managed to talk him into parting with it.” Amey said.

The collection also has a car is from a ride called the Hooterville Highway. “This is original to Idora Park. It's not owned by me. A friend of mine loaned it to me for this,” Amey said.

Everywhere you look there are Idora memories; one of the original light poles from near the park entrance, a microphone that some legendary performer may have used in the ballroom, and even a sign that survived the devastating fire.

The whole collection will be open to the public this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. It's located behind Jim's home on South Turner Road in Canfield.

Also available will be original recipe Idora Park cotton candy that debuted at the park in 1929.

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