Any help would be appreciated.
There are also stories of other defunc rides. SOme have a few pictures. Amazing what you can find on the internet. The only thing is you cant really be for sure if that was what the ride looked like without diagrams from the actual building of such coasters. Any how i think id let you have a look at a sad world where some coasters dont get a second life.
*** Edited 7/27/2005 5:11:49 AM UTC by MagnunBarrel*** *** Edited 7/27/2005 5:15:34 AM UTC by MagnunBarrel***
Heck, a lot of the rides from the past seem to be that way!
Park Ride Closed After 3 Are Hurt
by Walter Lerch
Shutdown of the Cyclone, high-speed roller coaster at Puritas Springs Park, was ordered today by the Cleveland Police Department following serious injury there of three young women riders within a one-month period.
Latest victims, now confined in Lakewood Hospital with fractured spines, are Miss Dorothy Kazmer, 19, of 16003 Saranac Rd., and Mrs. Margaret Lucas, 24, of 6216 Wakefield Ave.
Third casualty attributed to the steep dip in the amusement park thrill ride is Miss Mary Slaminka, 23, of 9917 Dunlap Ave. She still is under a physician's care after spending nine days in Lakewood Hospital.
Capt. John L. Palker of the Lorain Ave.-Triskett Rd. Precinct put the "stop" order on the roller coaster ride as a safety measure when told by the writer of the two latest mishaps.
He previously had received a report only on the Slaminka accident. Reports on the two other accidents had been given to the Lakewood police accident squad and relayed to Central Police Station. They never reached Capt. Palker at the Lorain Ave.-Triskett Rd. station, according to the captain.
Other injuries to Cyclone riders have been reported over a period of years, including a serious mishap in August, 1942, which nearly cost the life of Daniel Schroeder, then living at 3445 E. 65th St.
Schroeder was catapulted out of his seat as the car swung around a sharp curve and he plunged 40 feet to the ground.
Both Miss Kazmer and Mrs. Lucas were injured on the first sharp drop of the Cyclone. Medical men reported the force of gravity jammed their spines as the roller coaster car whipped upward at the bottom of the V-shaped dip.
Miss Kazmer was injured last Saturday evening. She is employed at Central Press Association. Mrs. Lucas was hurt the previous Sunday while visiting the park with her husband.
Miss Slaminka was hurt on June 23.
All of the victims had difficulty in getting out of their seats at the end of their rides and were rushed to Lakewood Hospital.
Medical men said it may be a "matter of months" before Miss Kazmer and Mrs. Lucas are able to leave the hospital. Both will have to wear a brace to support their backs for a long period of time.
A. J. Ilg, secretary of the Puritas Springs Co., operators of the amusement park, said the ride was "safe," and had the "best mechanical inspection available."
"The women that were hurt had weak backs," he added.
Following notification of the police department order, representatives of the park said their insurance company had recommended that the speed of Cyclone cars on the drop be slowed down. This will be done immediately, they said.
The park carries a $50,000 maximum insurance coverage on each accident, it was reported.
with a virtual tour starting here:
*** Edited 7/27/2005 3:22:31 PM UTC by Mamoosh***
By the way my friend said that he lived in those apartments up there, and he said in 93 it was alot easier to see where the coaster was. Apparently it hasnt been given much of a thought lately. Ill be sure to spy for certain indications of the coaster. This should be really fun, to see if there is anything left.
Scooter how long was it since you last went.
I would not recommend a special trip to look for it now, though. I went through there last summer and was disappointed to not be able to find a trace. One thing that happened was the road up the hill to Puritas has been redirected somewhat and the walls have been reinforced, unfortunately right into the former coaster's path. I can imagine that 40 some years of weather and neglect left very little to see anyway, it wasn't great in 1969.
Thanks for the photo links, Mamoosh. Fabulous. I've never known till now what the Cyclone was actually like.
Well, I found no deaths or hauntings, but what an awesome-looking layout for a coaster. *** Edited 7/26/2006 6:33:36 PM UTC by Sunday Silence***
i agree, great layout on that one. Great use of terrain.
hope this helps. *** Edited 7/26/2006 6:49:18 PM UTC by FLYINGSCOOTER***
Palisades, from the other thread, and Riverview in Chicago were certainly known FAR from their respective locales...people didn't TRAVEl then the way we do now, though.
Also, MANY many parks died from the autmobile becoming a major form of transportation, since a LOT (most, even) of the older parks resided at the end of a trolley line. Kept the trolleys operational 7 days, used up the excess power on weekends by running rides, AND brought in some cash to the trolley-park operators..."community" in those days meant VERY different things than it does now.
edit: Good resource for info on bygone parks... http://www.defunctparks.com/ *** Edited 7/26/2006 7:11:31 PM UTC by rollergator***
I visited the site with a friend back in the 80's and he took this picture of one of the hills. The hill didn't actually curve like that though. It was warped from the years of harsh weather. Still an awesome photo though.
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