R.I.P Screechin Eagle

Friday, August 12, 2011 4:13 PM

Confirmed. 1927 Miler/Baker Screechin Eagle at Lesourdsville Lake was torn down Tuesday.

I kinda have mixed feelings about it. At least there are no more rumors or false hopes.

I rode the coaster from my early childhood till its closing and to me while it had a steeper longer first drop until 2002 the rework for the 2002 reopening had the coaster run better than ever. This coaster actually broke my tail bone in the mid 90s it could be brutal but was butter its final year.

How many Millers left?


Friday, August 12, 2011 5:27 PM


This was Ohio's best wooden coaster. It's sad that it's gone.

Friday, August 12, 2011 6:35 PM

Bummer....I preferred living with the occasional false hope.

Chuck - eight left (nine if you count ZP, which I sure wouldn't). Some might even say seven, since Wild One has had such extensive modifications. http://rcdb.com/r.htm?nm=na&pe=6866&st=93&ot=2

P.S. Eagle was the best wooden coaster in Ohio when I rode it...easily. Of course, I never got to ride anything at the original Coney Island. Amazing how many classic wooden coasters have been lost forever just in the past dozen years since I got into the hobby....sad. :(

Last edited by rollergator, Friday, August 12, 2011 7:42 PM
Friday, August 12, 2011 7:52 PM

I have live in Ohio for 45 years and until 2009 I had never heard of Americana or Lesourdsville Lake. Of course by then is was way to late to get to ride SE.

I guess you can't really miss something that you never had a chance to ride.

Friday, August 12, 2011 9:09 PM

Story if you wish to send to news

Friday, August 12, 2011 10:43 PM

On the bright side, it didn't burn down or collapse randomly like so many others.

I sense it is not the only Miller in Ohio on its way out.

Saturday, August 13, 2011 7:55 AM

Sadness. Best standup wooden coaster ever.


Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:41 PM

Seriously? You need to get around and ride a few others if you think Iron Wolf is the best.

Saturday, August 13, 2011 1:16 PM

Hey Hammond, What are you talking about?

Saturday, August 13, 2011 1:18 PM

I'm sorry, i mis read rob's post and forgot what thread i was in :P

I need some sleep, I thought I was in the Iron Wolf thread and thought Rob was saying it was the best stand up ever.


Saturday, August 13, 2011 3:21 PM

Darn. I had a record day back in 1989 - 64 rides in one day. I could barely move for the next few days. Even back then, it was thought of by many as the 'best woodie in Ohio'. Quite a ride will be missed!

Saturday, August 13, 2011 3:46 PM

rollergator said:

Chuck - eight left (nine if you count ZP, which I sure wouldn't). Some might even say seven, since Wild One has had such extensive modifications. http://rcdb.com/r.htm?nm=na&pe=6866&st=93&ot=2

I'd be tempted not to count the Big Dipper at Pleasure Beach for the same reason.

Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:39 PM

My first coaster "trip" was in 1990 visiting King's Island, Cedar Point, Geauga Lake and into PA. At that time in my life I had not ridden a whole lotta wooden coasters. We left KI, with intentions of stopping next at our hotel in Sandusky. At the last minute we decided to make a pit-stop at Americana. The best last minute decision to this date. I was blown away by the tenacity of the Screechin' Eagle. We awoke the next morning in Sandusky with sore ribs and thigh bruises but loved every minute of it. That coaster left an indelible memory etched in my mind. I loved it so much I went back in 1992 and 1997.

I put together a small tribute video of the SE about 4 years ago with hopes of drawing attention to the cause. I hated updating the description with the latest sad news. Here's the link anyway:

Saturday, August 13, 2011 11:18 PM

Saw a related video off of Swampfoxer's that shows the park being highlighted in a History Channel show about life after people.


Sunday, August 14, 2011 2:37 PM

My first and only times I rode it was during Screechfest 2002. That crazy insane ejector air was unreal! I rode it all afternoon and totally expected to ride it again the next year. It quickly rose to the top and has stayed there until this day. Actually it will always be one of my top favorite woodies. They just don’t make them like that anymore!

It had plenty of speed, airtime, and smoothness to my liking. It wasn’t exactly the smoothest but it didn’t cause headaches, which happens a lot to me nowadays. I prefer my wooden coasters butter smooth with floaty air and stealth speed but this was awesome enough. ;)

I always had this fantasy of SOB being torched while making room for Screechin Eagle. Then after Geauga Lake closed I dreamed about Big Dipper making the move as well. Oh well, it's still a nice idea even though it has and will always exist in my head. ;)

At least the Big Dipper is still standing....for now. I just hope someone takes IT seriously before it ends up demolished as well.

RIP Eagle!


Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Sunday, August 14, 2011 2:41 PM

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