A Visual History Of Township 6, Range 14



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The 2,275-acre Hinckley Reservation is perhaps best known for its annual return of the
buzzards every March. Buzzards (turkey vultures) lay eggs in the cracks, caves and crevices
of the ledges and hunt in nearby fields. They begin arriving usually in early March. Their
homecoming is celebrated annually by Cleveland Metroparks. 1951

"Home movie of Hinckley Lake. How little the swimming area has changed over the past 50 years. Part of the Elmer Gerlock Film Project."

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Puritas Springs Amusement Park 1928 - 1958
The ride has gone, but you can still take a "virtual ride" on it. What follows is a start-to-finish description of a ride on the Cyclone supplemented with photos. Grateful acknowledgment is given to Jim Kelly for his help with the text and for pictures of his true-to-life scale model of the Cyclone.
Click here to start your virtual ride on the Puritas Springs Cyclone.
Click here to see a (10 min.) 1940's You Tube Presentation

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1928 - 1958 Designed by John Miller Known as one of the ultimate ravine coasters due to it's location next to and through a deep ravine the Puritas Springs Cyclone was one of the most terrifying coasters of the "golden era" of roller coasters. The Cyclone featured several drops into a deep and heavily wooded ravine and a turnaround that sat on top of a 500 foot cliff. There was at least one death on the Cyclone and the park closed it for a short while before reopening. A fire at Puritas Springs Park forced them to close doors in 1958. The Cyclone fillally burned to the ground. All that remains is a housing development and the last drop of the cyclone which still sits down in the ravine.

Puritas Springs Park, Cleveland, Ohio This article was written by Russell Allon Hehr and appears in The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. In 1898, the first park on the west side of the city opened. Puritas Springs Park, overlooking the Rocky River valley, stood astride a deep ravine from which flowed the artesian well that gave the park its name. Puritas Springs was also a "trolley park," served by the Cleveland and Southwestern interurban. Owner and manager John E. Gooding took his cue from Euclid Beach and offered free grounds admission. (Gooding, who lived with his family in a house on the park grounds, is credited with introducing the first horse-drawn and steam-powered carousels in Ohio. When [Cleveland's] Luna Park closed in 1929, Gooding acquired its famous carousel of 72 hand-carved steeds and installed it at Puritas Springs.) While the carousel, dance hall, and roller rink were popular, the truly outstanding attraction was the Cyclone roller coaster. Careening in and out of the ravine, the Cyclone was higher and faster than any other coaster in the Cleveland area. Puritas Springs drew west-siders for years. Still, its magnetism also began to fade after the war. In 1946, a fire destroyed the dance hall. In 1958, another fire forced the park to close. A residential neighborhood was developed on the Puritas Ave. site.

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Chippewa Lake Park 1878 - 1978


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Click here to view the remains - Chippewa Lake Park
Click here to visit - Chippewa Lake Park Site
View You Tube - Presentation 1
View You Tube Abandoned Chippewa Lake Park Documentary Part 1 - Presentation 2
View You Tube Closed for the Season

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Geagua Lake Park (Giles Pond / Picnic Lake) - 1972 - 2007

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Channel 5 on Geauga Lake To Close
Geauga Lake last day ever. part 1
last day part 2
WKYC On Geauga Park Closing

Geagua lake 1970 to 1978 - Standing But Not Operating 1979 to Present Day Designed By B.A. Schiff This variation of the popular Wild Mouse Coaster was designed by B.A. Schiff & Associates of Miami Florida. These coasters appeared at several permanent parks like Kennywood, Riverview, Westview, Coney Island, Cedar Point and others as well as having a portable variation that hit the fair and carnival circuit. While these coasters used to be all over the place I know that there is at least one in storage in the backyard of a coaster enthusiast and there is still one slowly rusting away at Chippewa Lake Park in Ohio. Being a Wild Mouse it gives you some great surprises, a bit of airtime and truly insane lateral g forces. Also don't hold your hands up too high because there's some pretty tight clearances with the surrounding structure.

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Euclid Beach Park 1894 - 1969


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This article is from The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Euclid Beach Park, one of the nation's best-known amusement centers, was located on the southern shore of Lake Erie at E. 156th St. and Nottingham Rd., about 8 mi. from Public Square. The park, incorporated on 23 Oct. 1894 by a group of Cleveland investors, was originally managed by Wm. R. Ryan, Sr., a local businessman and politician. Ryan patterned the park after New York's Coney Island, offering a beer garden, freak shows, and gambling operations. Ryan severed his connection with the park in 1897 and opened a competing park, White City, nearby. Lee Holtzman became the new director of Euclid Beach, but the enterprise failed and was offered for sale in 1901. Dudley S. Humphrey II and 6 members of his family took over management of the park in 1901 after obtaining a 5-year lease. They had previously operated popcorn-vending machines and a concession at the facility, but they left in 1899 because they were dissatisfied with behavior at Euclid Beach. The Humphreys completely changed the character of the park in keeping with their own personal philosophy, which was embodied in the slogan "Nothing to depress or demoralize." They added many entertainment features to the facility, expanded beach and bathing facilities, and instituted a policy of "one fare, free gate and no beer." That allowed patrons to reach the park with only one street railway fare, and to enter free (paying only for whatever rides or facilities were used). This policy was maintained until the park closed. The Humphreys' policies attracted many families, as well as company and community groups, to the facility. The park was the scene of political gatherings, such as the local Democratic party "steer roast," and in 1910 the site of an important exhibition flight by aviator Glen Curtis. Euclid Beach remained extremely popular into the 1960s, when changing lifestyles, lake pollution, rising operational costs, and racial incidents caused its attendance and receipts to decline. The park closed on 28 Sept. 1969. The carved archway entrance, declared a historic Cleveland landmark in 1973, is the only restored feature that remains at the site.


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You Tube 4 min. 1951 scratchy home movie

Until 1914 the only why to Cedar Point was by ferry boat. Pictured the steamer R.B. Hayes

During the summer season daily round trips were made by ship from Cleveland to the park, a popular resort for the upper class of Ohio. 1891: The first Steamer "A.J. Wehrle, Jr." began service. The next was the Eastland which carried up to 2200 passengers from 1904 to 1913. The ship would also take passengers on night cruises on Lake Erie, the deck transformed into a dance floor, and lit up from stem to stern. The crew of Lake Erie freighters said that encountering the Eastland on a night cruise made them want to dive overboard and join the party. The second, originally the City of Detroit II, made 1,215 round trips and 1,220 moonlit cruises. In 1951 the last steamship the G. A. Boeckling sets sail for its final time. It would eventually be sold and become a floating warehouse.


Cedar Point Light House

In the 1950s, Cedar Point underwent some changes. Part of the area became a bird sanctuary in 1954 when Dr. Dean Sheldon purchased some land next to the road to Cedar Point. This site eventually became Sheldon's Marsh State Nature Preserve. The park faced a major turning point in 1956. Land developers bought Cedar Point and planned to construct homes. They decided to keep the park and make it into the "Disneyland of the Midwest."

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Soapbox Derby, Akron, Ohio

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BROOKSIDE PARK (Cleveland Zoo)

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You Tube Fulton Rd. Bridge - Apr. 28, 2007 Demolition

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