Euclid Beach Park

Amusement park in the United States
Euclid Beach Park
Euclid Beach Park 2000 01.jpg
Entrance to Euclid Beach Park in 2000
Location
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1895 to September 28, 1969

Euclid Beach Park was an amusement park previously located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The park first opened in 1895 and closed on September 28, 1969. Part of its property is now home to a Cleveland Metropark with some small remnants of the amusement park.

History

Euclid Beach Park was established by the Euclid Beach Park Co., consisting of Cleveland, Ohio businessmen, in the late 1800s. The business venture was situated on Lake Erie and hoped to duplicate the success of Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Visitors to the park could originally access it by ferry (affectionally referred to as Euclid Beach "TUBS") or by trolley. Original attractions included a pier into Lake Erie, a dance pavilion, and musical and variety performances.[1]

The park was expanded with its first rides for the 1896 season. This included the Switchback Railway, Pleasure Wheel, and Merry-Go-Round.[2]

Park president Dudley Humphrey announced plans on June 7, 1968 to close the park at the end of the 1969 season.[3] After Euclid Beach Park closed, many of its rides were relocated to Shady Lake in Streetsboro, Ohio, USA.[4]

Past roller coasters

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Aero Dips Unknown Wooden 1909 1965 Scrapped
Racing Coaster Frederick Ingersoll Wooden 1913 September 28, 1969 Scrapped
Figure Eight Philadelphia Toboggan Company Wooden 1904 1909 Scrapped
Flying Turns John Norman Bartlett Wooden Bobsled 1930 September 28, 1969 Scrapped
Scenic Railway LaMarcus Adna Thompson Wooden 1907 1937 Scrapped
Switchback Railway LaMarcus Adna Thompson Wooden 1896 1904 Scrapped
Thriller Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Inc. Wooden 1924 September 28, 1969 Scrapped

Past attractions

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Bubble Bounce Unknown Unknown 1930s Unknown Unknown
Carrousel Unknown Carousel 1910 1969 Relocated
Dodgem Unknown Dodgems 1921 Unknown Unknown
Great American Racing Derby Prior and Church Company Derby Racer 1921 1965 Relocated to Cedar Point
Japanese Flying Ponies Unknown Carousel 1903 Unknown Unknown
Laff-in-the-Dark Unknown Unknown 1930s Unknown Unknown
Merry-Go-Round Herschell Carousel 1896 1921 or earlier Unknown
Mill Chute Unknown Shoot the Chute 1921 Unknown Unknown
Pleasure Wheel Buckeye Observation Wheel Company Ferris Wheel 1896 1902 or earlier Unknown
Red Bug Boulevard Unknown Unknown 1930s Unknown Unknown
Rocket Ships Unknown Circle Swing 1896 1969 Unknown
Sea Swing Unknown Chair-O-Plane 1920 or earlier Unknown Unknown
Tumble Bug Traver Engineering Tumble Bug 1925 1969 Scrapped
Witching Waves Unknown Unknown 1930s Unknown Unknown

External links

References

  1. Bush, Lee. Euclid Beach Park is closed for the season. Amusement Park Books, Inc.. pp. 2–8. ISBN 0-913228-22-2. 
  2. Bush, Lee. Euclid Beach Park is closed for the season. Amusement Park Books, Inc.. pp. 9–10. ISBN 0-913228-22-2. 
  3. "Euclid Beach Park Closing In 1969", The Akron Beacon Journal (1968-06-07). Retrieved on 12 March 2022.
  4. "From Shady Lake to Old Indiana and Beyond... a Never Ending Story", NAPHA Chronicle, National Amusement Park Historical Association (Winter 2021). Retrieved on 12 March 2022.