Cleveland Amusement Park Memories
A Nostalgic Look Back at Euclid Beach Park, Puritas Springs Park, Geauga Lake Park, and Other Classic Parks
- Softcover, 128 pages, 8.5 x 10 inches
- ISBN: 978-1-886228-89-4
A thrill ride into the past!
Northeast Ohioans who grew up visiting amusement parks in the 1940s through 1970s will cherish the memories captured in this book, which includes Euclid Beach Park, Luna Park, Geauga Lake Park, Puritas Springs Park, White City, Memphis Kiddie Park, Geneva-on-the-Lake, and others.
Those boisterous, colorful, exciting meccas fulfilled the fantasies of entertainment-hungry Clevelanders. Each park had its own personality, its own alluring smells and sounds. At Euclid Beach it was the stately sycamores and the unforgettable odor of the lake and of damp earth beneath the pier. At Puritas Springs, the odor of warm oil on the chain of the Cyclone coaster. The chatter of Monkey Island at Luna Park, the sharp reports of the Shooting Gallery at Geauga Lake.
David and Diane Francis, authors of several books on amusement park history, including “Cedar Point: The Queen of American Watering Places,” draw on their own extensive archive and on the memories of fellow park buffs to create a vivid, nostalgic portrait of days gone by.
Illustrations: 192 black-and-white photographs
Lavishly illustrated with well-produced black-and-white photos. Alliance Review
Chronicles the history and trends of Cleveland amusement parks with 192 beautiful black-and-white photos, dating from the 1890s to the 1970s. The reader also gets vivid firsthand accounts of people who either worked at the parks or frequented them. Cleveland Jewish News
Another aspect that adds a surprisingly personal dimension to the text is the inclusion of a series of quotes from park employees and guests. Amusement Today
Gives a photo-filled history of all the local parks that existed in the 1940s through 1970s . . . Methodically details the racial and class obstacles that amusement parks crashed through during their peak years. Scene Magazine
About David & Diane Francis
Dave and Diane Francis are the authors of ten books about parks and summer resorts, including Cedar Point: Queen of American Watering Places; Ohio's Amusement Parks; The Golden Age of Roller Coasters; and Chippewa Lake Park. They are members of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the National Amusement Park Historical Association. More About David & Diane Francis
Contains References to:
Carnival Food, Cleveland Zoo Kiddie Park, Edgewater Park, Elephant Ears, Erieview Park, Euclid Beach Park, Geauga Lake Park, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Great Lakes Exposition, Luna Park, Memphis Kiddie Park, Mentor Beach Playland, Ohio Amusement Parks, Ohio Nostalgia, Ohio Recreation, Orchard Lake Park, Puritas Springs Park, Roller Coasters, Skee Ball, Sky Rocket, The Wild Mouse, Theme Parks, White City,