Ohio's Silver Lake was 'Coney Island of the West'

Posted Monday, June 14, 2004 10:22 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Residents around the former Silver Lake in Summit County, Ohio, still find remnants of the park, which thrived nearly 100 years ago. The park boomed in the late 1800's due to railway and trolley lines that brought people out to its scenic views.

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Monday, June 14, 2004 12:06 PM
Carousel Rabbit's avatar I always figured that Coney Island was the Coney Island of the west. ;)
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Monday, June 14, 2004 12:28 PM
Jeff's avatar Well, except this part pre-dated the Ohio Coney Island by 80 years!
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Monday, June 14, 2004 2:41 PM
I would have thought that Silver Lake or Coney Island would have been the Coney Island of the Mid-West. In no means is Ohio the west.??
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Monday, June 14, 2004 7:18 PM
Cincinnati Ohio was part of the west in the 1800's. Sorry I forgot to put Coney Island in Cincinnati Ohio.*** This post was edited by Vortex 6/15/2004 2:36:13 PM ***
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Monday, June 14, 2004 10:18 PM
Jeff's avatar This has nothing to do with Cinci...
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 12:19 AM
Isn't it amazing how something that was such a booming attraction could possibly fade away? Not to spoil the reading, but the article said that some of the new land owners stumbled across things like train tracks and souvineers many years later only to realize that in fact there was an amusement park there at one time. That would fascinate the devil out of me if I found out the land I bought had at one time been home to such a thing. :)
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 6:09 PM
I grew up in Silver Lake Village. I learned about the park in grade school during the 1960's. My friends house was along the lakeshore right next to the ruins of the bear pits that are still there. The train also went through their property, but the tracks had all but dissappeared by that time. You can still seee the ruins of the old boat dock along the southern shore of Silver Lake from State Route 59, between Stow and Cuyahoga Falls. There were also two coasters at the park. A figure 8 coaster called the Thriller (PTC...I think), and also an early Miller/Ingersol side board racing coaster. Both were demolished when the park closed. You drive right through the site where they once stood when traveling Route 59 @ Silver Lake Blvd.

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