Saturday, March 21, 2015
Without even trying, I have managed to acquire a number of slides from Cedar Point, Ohio. Cedar Point is a venerable amusement park that dates all the way back to 1870!! It is built on a narrow peninsula that juts out into Lake Erie, and it's supposedly the second-oldest amusement park in the nation. Which one is the oldest? Lake Compounce, silly!
Cedar Point is known as one of the greatest roller coaster parks, but you'd never know it from today's photos; theres not a coaster in the bunch. It is owned by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, which also happens to own Knott's Berry Farm.
This first shot is from 1967, and shows two ladies resting by a cool fountain. Overhead is the Sky Ride, which was built in 1962, and is still there… one of the few remaining in America.
We used to have one of these giant "Fun Slides" near us (not far from Disneyland) when I was a kid. I think we were given burlap bags to sit on. You know what? It still looks pretty fun. This photo is from 1969… the slide was removed in 1991. They should build another one that is 30 stories high.
This is the log flume ride known as the "Mill Race", which debuted in 1963. It was only the second ride of its kind to be built in the world (the first was at Six Flags Over Texas). The one at Knott's Berry Farm wouldn't open until 1969! The Mill Race had a drop that was only about 28 feet high, which is pretty tame by today's standards. It was removed in 1993, though Cedar Fair had another flume ride called "White Water Landing", which has also been removed; a third flume ride, Snake River Falls, still operates today.
This last one is a mystery to me, I could not figure out what ride this was! It seems to be a weird variation on a kind of "Jungle Cruise"-type attraction, although that critter in the water looks like some sort of prehistoric beastie. Does anybody have any info about this one?
I hope you have enjoyed your trip to Cedar Point, Ohio!