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11 posts
Mar 19, 2015
8:13 AM
Does anyone remember the old Coney Island in Cincinnati. We went their for a day every summer back in the early 60's. My mom used to save Top Value stamps all year and then redeem them for tickets for Coney. Not having much money and 4 kids in the house, mom and dad would pack a picnic lunch that we enjoyed on the banks of the Ohio river at Coney.Once in a while we would go next door to River Downs and catch a few races. We didn't have much money back then, but we had a family full of love and a lot of good times. I miss it so.
551 posts
Mar 19, 2015
8:25 AM
Boatman 55
We went to Coney a lot years ago. It was sad when they closed it.However Kings Island is better. But Lakeside Park in Dayton had perhaps the greatest roller coaster ever! It was the Wildcat what a thrill to ride.The sparks would fly when you went down the first hill.Any body have any memories of the Wildcat?
116 posts
Mar 25, 2015
9:26 PM
Although I grew to love Kings Island, I have to admit I missed Coney as soon as it closed. There was a lovely, old-timey feel to Coney, a nostalgia that wasn't phony and manufactured. I loved it, and I loved being by the river.

Last Edited by wolfcreek on Mar 25, 2015 9:27 PM
561 posts
Mar 26, 2015
2:34 AM
Did you see the NBC Nightly News last nite? They showed
a giant new Steel coaster. It is taller than the Statue of Liberty. Located at Carroways in Carolina.
356 posts
Mar 26, 2015
7:04 AM

I had the same feelings about Lesourdsville Lake (later Americana) Amusement Park. It had a certain ambience Kings Island just couldn't match, felt more like a fair or carnival.

In the late 80s I first took my early teen daughter to Americana one summer day. Initially she wasn't impressed, but when she realized the wait time for the rides was a fraction of that of Kings Island, she soon changed her mind. She particularly loved the old, wooden roller coaster they had there, we must have ridden it 3-4 times that first visit. We went back probably half dozen times over the next few years, and we always headed straight to the roller coaster!
luv my dayton
906 posts
Mar 26, 2015
8:22 AM
Loved Lesourdsville and went there often as a youngster, then took my children after they got too big for Fantasy Farms.Not sure when either closed but do remember taking my first grandchild when he was about three and that was early 80s.Never did use the large pool or rent one of the small cabins. Went a few times to KI. Never felt the love there and haven't been there since early 90s. You can still see remnants of both Lesourds and Fantasy.Wish PBS would do a show on these last two places. I remember how long a drive it was as there were no highways way back then.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Mar 26, 2015 8:24 AM

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