^That was a huge event. My father showed me the wash-out. We watched them build the retaining wall which i marveled over. I think the only event that topped that was the Cuyahoga catching fire and seeing how it warped the railroad tracks. (yeah, i am old. :) )
I stand corrected: The East Ohio gas fire was way worse. *** Edited 7/27/2006 4:12:00 AM UTC by FLYINGSCOOTER***
I was at the site on Thanksgiving Day, 2006. I was able to find sections of track along the top of the hill (coming off the turn on the cliff) and some sections that were on the return leg through the ravines. Numerous footers including the climb out of the ravine from the first drop. I'll post some pictures after I download the camera. I talked to a friend of my mother's; her ride on the Cyclone scared her so much, she has never ridden another roller coaster in her life! *** Edited 11/26/2006 5:11:55 AM UTC by fleetw00d***
So I purchased a home over the Summer of '07 and found the remains of a roller coaster adjacent to my backyard. Okay there is very little left but it's still there. The Puritas Springs Cyclone still exists as a bit of track along the Cleveland side of the Metro Park. I'm a big coaster fan and grew up riding at Cedar Point despite living outside Ohio until recently. It's a strange honor to reside near what was once a great rollercoaster. My Dad who did grow up near here rode the Cyclone and enjoyed it greatly.
I have heard many stories from my parents and saw the tracks in the 79-80 but can't find them now. How do you find them today? With the changes in the road, I don't even know where to start, where did you start to find them? Would love to see the tracks again even though I'm sure they have changed a lot.
my grandma is mary slaminka & my great uncle (through marriage) was dan schroeder. while i didnt know dan schroeder very well at all i'm very close to my grandma & grew up hearing these horror stories, yet somehow love roller coasters. never really thought much of it growing up but ive been trying to find more info on it lately realizing i have a small chunk of ohio history in my family. they didnt even realize they had both been hurt on the same ride until years later.what i know about it is she flew up one of the first hills & landed on her back on the back of the seat & the boy she was with had to hold onto her the rest of the ride, she didnt have a weak back, but certainly does now, had to take a taxi to the hospital, was not rushed to the er, and spent at least a year in a cast in bed most of that time, and refused to talk to any news media & rightfully so seeing how they twisted things. regardless of the bad blood between my grandma & puritas springs it is extremely interesting to me & i'm soo glad to have found this especially the article from the plain dealer.