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My first destination on the Snow Day in March was Cascade Park on the southeast end of town. This is a view of the park from its parking lot.

Cascade Park is currently used as a nature park. In its former glory, it was used as an amusement park. At the turn of the twentieth century, power companies found they could make profits developing amusement parks. In 1897, the New Castle Traction Company (later known as the Pennsylvania Power Company, or Penn Power) bought about seventy-one acres of rural property along Big Run in Shenango Township. The park was named Cascade Park in deference to its cascading waterfall and opened on May 29, 1897. It is noteworthy that the park was accessible not only via local trolley service but also via the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler and New Castle Railway, the Harmony Short Line.

In its heyday, the park had 27 rides including a carousel and a roller coater as well as an artificial lake made by damming the Big Run. The amusement park changed hands and declined over the years. In 1981 a section of the dam collapsed and completely (and violently) drained the lake into Big Run. The summer of 1982 would prove to be the last season the amusement rides were operated. In 1984, the transformation of Cascade Park back to a “nature-based” facility was put in motion.

PS. As per Abmdsudi's suggestion, I added a "color corrected" version to the workshop.

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Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Lens: 3.8 - 247.0 mm
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0 Macintosh
File Size: 970 kb
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Exposure Time: 1/1000
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal length: 4.68 mm (in 35 mm: 28.9 mm)
Date Taken: 2017-03-10 11:10
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode

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