I remember when I was a kid that Puritas Rd. had washed out and was closed for years. You can still see the retaining walls there. I'm not sure where the remaining remnants of the coaster are, but perhaps that's something for a treasure hunting day.
If I find anything I'll post it to youTube.
So what's left is on the north side of Puritas, between the golf course and the housing?
Ok, I have an aerial picture of Puritas springs as it was that I am looking at now to try to explain it. When I was there we found remains on BOTH sides of the ravine. The track remnants we found on the south side of the ravine were probably from the brake run area as they ran parallel to the top of the ravine. We also found remnants going up and down both sides of the ravine, but I do not know if they were from the inital drop or the final one. Now if you look at your link to the birds eye view, just to the southwest of that cul-de-sac is actually the top of a bluff/cliff if I remember correctly, it's hard to tell in that shot. Anyway, that's where the turnaround was and we also found remains there. If you follow that area of trees up and to the right that is actually the ravine that the coaster crossed, it gets shallower the further up you go.
I edited to the best of my memory, I have no idea what happened to the rest of the post.
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But what ravine? Are you talking about the one on the north side of Puritas? Between the subdivision and the golf course?
The ravine is between the apartments and the housing development. More specifically it is the land that runs north of Puritas and south of Thornridge Avenue.
To give a better perspective of the layout don't do birds eye, go back to hybrid. The entrance to the park was NOT opposite Grayton road but a little further to the east, right about where West 194th is now. We found coaster remnants near where the pool in the apartment building was, and on the north and south sides of the ravine between those apartments and the houses on the other side. If you scroll northwest to where Thornridge Circle is, that's the cul-de-sac, that sits right around the area where the turnaround for the coaster was. The loading station and first drop were located on the south side of the ravine. The drop took you into the ravine and came out on the north side and hung a sharp left. You headed westward along the top of the north side of the ravine and did a turnaround near where the cul-de-sac is, which is right at the top of a steep cliff/bluff. On the return trip you travelled for some distance next to the outbound leg but made a hard right at the top of a hill and you were now heading southbound and diving back down the largest drop on the ride into a much deeper part of the ravine. After coming out you made a right and were heading into the brake run. The more I think about it the more I seem to recall definitely finding more trackage closer to the deeper end of the ravine, so that would be on the return trip.
Sorry if I have confused anyone. I need to scan this aerial picture of the park that I have with rides and coaster intact and post them. Will try to do that soon. I also have a picture of the coaster the day after the fire.
I spent 3hours Saturday back in the woods looking for the remains of the Cyclone track. The only things we found were concrete footers, old building foundations, and old iron fencing. We looked up and down the ravines above the golf course parking lot. No sign of the track though......Dale at the Nursery was great! He had videos of the park and some old pics.
If anyone has any tips on finding the track remains please let me know.
Puritas Hill re-opened in August 1993. I grew up not one mile south east of there, around W.185th & Puritas. I was only 12 at the time, but I remember that day as being a festive day for the area, as it had been I believe 15 years since the road washed away. The retaining walls were constructed for the new road.
Anyways, this is the best that I've been able to figure out where the park actually was: http://s28.photobucket.com/albums/c225/e99layzie/?action=view&curre...asPark.jpg
The image to the right was taken from Google Earth, while the image to the left was found on the internet.
Also, interestingly enough, about two years ago, the Puritas Park condominiums that reside across the street of where the park once was debuted new signage for the complex which pays homage to the old park.
^^ I didn't think much was left. Same with Cascade Park in New Castle, PA. I'm pretty sure nature starts to take over after a couple of decades. Frankly, I'm amazed that so much of Chippewa was left standing for so long.
Great find, Scotsman! I love old park footage like that. I enjoyed the other films as well.
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