Idora Park
Youngstown, Ohio
October, 2000
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Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio

With all the years of neglect you can expect some of the structure to have collapsed.  This is some of the track that leads to the previous turnaround.  Most modern wood coasters are not painted because the wood is treated to keep it good for a long time but older coasters needed to be painted to help keep the wood from rot and bugs.  The majority of coasters were painted white but I guess there was a sale on yellow paint when they did the Wildcat.

Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio

The foliage got pretty heavy under the coaster.  Look close and you may see some track.

Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio

I wish it would have been a dry day when I was there because I'd love to be able to climb around under the Wildcat a bit more.  I think this is my favorite Wildcat picture.  I love looking up the hill with all the trees intertwined with it.

Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio


One thing I discovered wandering around under the Wildcat was that it did not go straight to the lift out of the station.  It dives down into what looks like a tunnel and circles around a bit under the structure before the lift.  It was really sad to see such a great looking coaster in such bad shape.   Unfortunately I never got a chance to ride it but if anyone has any point of view video of it I'd love to see it.



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