Pretty sure today there would be 1000 different videos on social media, and people who weren't even on the ride wanting to be made whole .
I thought I remember a picture of two trains on the course at the same time, and sure enough RCDB even had it, though it's the Aero Dips. https://rcdb.com/1911.htm#p=8019
Speaking of that ride, I now remember was an major incident with it. While it sounded serious it's pretty funny how quick they fixed it to look like nothing happened. (it's been many years since i read the book so forgot this anecdote, but goes along with the theme they wanted at least the importance of a safe image at the park ) http://www.clevelandmemory.org/euclidbeach/accidents.html
Of course the riots are another story which led to the demise of the park, and a sad commentary of the times (which wasn't that long ago!)
Euclid Beach (and the city of Euclid) suffered due to racial unrest on the east side of Cleveland. We were Westsiders in the 60’s and sadly, I can count on one hand the times we made our way to the east side for anything.
One of them, fortunately, was when I was invited to accompany a friend and his family to the park to attend his Dad’s annual company picnic. I was in heaven, finally getting to lay my eyes on Cleveland-famous rides like Flying Turns, Over the Falls, Thriller, Surprise House, Rocket Ships, and Laff in the Dark. I’m so grateful to have been able to experience those classics. It was a close call, too. Little did we know that I was in attendance during the Beach’s last season.
The park itself was quite old fashioned, especially compared to the sparkling up and coming Cedar Point. It was also rather small and I’ve often wondered how the park would fare if still operating today. The rides I rode were introduced in the 20’s with Flying Turns as the last in 1930, and guests were happy with those same thrills until the park closed in the late 60’s.
Having been to Euclid Beach as a kid after it closed (when a family friend was working on a documentary), to me it feels as if it was about the same size as Kennywood park, so it wasn't tiny but also was not huge. It probably also was similar to Geauga Lake before it expanded in the 70's. It would be interesting to see what would have happened had it held on a few more years, especially given how Geauga Lake faired.
Here's the interesting thing about Cleveland. If you step back into the 1950's, you had basically five parks within 1 1/2 hours driving. Chippewa Lake, Geauga Lake, Euclid Beach, Puritis Springs, and Cedar Point. Someone may be able to correct this, but overall, I can not think of too many other major cities with that many parks close by at that late of date.
Note: Wow how the thread has changed, from loose article policies to historical archeology of amusement parks. :-)
You can add Conneaut Lake to the list too as it's about 80 miles from Cleveland. I wasn't around in the 50's, but back in the 70's, that place did a great business as evidenced by the many cars you had to dodge when going from ride to ride!
I wish I would have been able to see Euclid Beach, but I was born a year too late. We had Shady Lake in Streetsboro for a few short years in the 80's that had some of EB's rides (Scrambler, Flying Scooters, Dodgems, Rotor, and the Turnpike Cars among others), but the only coaster was a Schiff Wild Mouse that wasn't part of Euclid Beach's history.
But yeah, Clevelanders had quite the choice in parks back in the day!
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