Free Slide Show on Puritas Springs Park and the Cyclone

Friday, October 28, 2011 4:11 AM

Free Slide Show on Puritas Springs Park

The West Park Historical Society is hosting a slide show on Puritas Springs Park on Sunday, November 20th at 2:30, and again at 4:30, in the Rosenthal Room at The 100th Bomb Group Restaurant at 20920 Brookpark Road. Free and open to the public, the presentation will be made by historian Ralph Pfingsten.Doors open at 2 pm. Light refreshments will be served.


Puritas Springs, which closed in 1958,was the only major amusement park on Cleveland's west side. Myths and misinformation surround the park and particularly the fearsome Cyclone roller coaster. Was the legendary coaster a fast lane to fun and thrills? Or a one-way ticket to eternity? The full story of Puritas Springs will be told for the very first time! The truth behind claims the Cyclone was dangerous and even deadly, who died on the Cyclone, and how it happened, will be publicly discussed for the first time since 1953. Viewers will also experience a computer-simulated Cyclone ride.


The West Park Historical Society's new book, One Minute to Puritas Springs Park, written by Pfingsten and fellow local historian Gary Swilik, will be for sale at the event.It's their biggest, most detailed publication yet with over 200 pages and hundreds of old photos, many never-before-published.


For further information, Gary Swilik,216-252-9850, email gshatterhand@aol.com, or Ralph Pfingsten at440-243-7568, email rap347@wideopenwest.com.

Last edited by gshatterhand, Friday, October 28, 2011 4:14 AM
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Friday, October 28, 2011 10:08 AM

I went to this event in 2007 for the 50th anniversary of the park's closing. It was nice. I highly recommend going. Personally, I can't go this time. I will be on my way home from Dollywood's Smokey Mountain Christmas.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Friday, October 28, 2011 10:10 AM
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Friday, October 28, 2011 10:50 AM

I heard that in the distant future, new technology will be created that will allow slide shows to be viewed on home computers, and people wont have to gather in one place to see them. :p

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Friday, October 28, 2011 10:59 AM

Where's the fun in that? ;)

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Friday, October 28, 2011 12:22 PM

Krause speaks of the very, very distant future. I mean, seriously...we're talking Jetson's technology here.

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Friday, October 28, 2011 1:19 PM

Stop this crazy thing!

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