I was one of the last persons to ride their Roller Coaster, which went by a number of names while it was operating. When I first visited this park in 1973, (During a School Picnic) It went by the name Swinger. It's final name when the park closed in 1981 was Big Beast. In the mid to late 1970s it was named Soul Train!
I have been to that park and it was a great place. My whole family did a huge reunion get-together to celebrate the park the very last week it closed down forever. I rode the Big Beast probably 20 times - I loved it! They also had a great Rotor there and that was probably one of the last times I have been on a working Rotor. I wish I knew whatever happened to those pictures. Oh well, that was 27 years ago. Good times.
The park also had a wooden wild mouse and a Turbo ride. I have a small video clip of those and POV of the Big Beast for those interested. I'll have to upload it from my camcorder first but I've been wanting to do that anyway.
it says they sold the roller coaster & all the rides. I assume he was referring to the Big Beast coaster. Makes me wonder why they tore it down. Maybe they just sold the trains and some of the mechanical parts.
Interesting, very interesting to look at, read and think back on. Ironically enough, looking at Leo's stories and following it back to Norton Auctioneers, they are the ones who will be auctioning off Geauga Lake stuff too - including the Big Dipper.