IdlewildIoA[Book: Jeffrey S. Croushore – 2004 – 16x23cm – 128 Pages – Many B&W photos]. America’s third oldest amusement park, Idlewild (Ligonier, Pennsylvania), was founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. Idlewild added amusements and facilities as its crowds continued to grow, but it always strove to maintain the picturesque landscape of the site. Soon a full-fledged amusement park was in operation, with throngs of visitors. Home to unique attractions like Story Book Forest, the Rollo Coaster, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make Believe, and the Soak Zone, Idlewild has been the backdrop for generations of fond memories. Chapter Points: A Mountain Playground 1878-1930; The Park Beautiful 1931-1952; You Can’t Beat Fun 1953-1982; The Finest in Family Fun 1983 and After. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.