Summit Township in Crawford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ace Roller Coaster Landmark
American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes Conneaut Lake Park's Blue Streak as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historical significance.
Constructed as part of a major expansion of the property for their 1938 season, Blue Streak replaced the aging 1909 Scenic Railway on the same site. Designed by Edward Vettel Sr. (1885-1952) and builder Charles Beares (1902-1958) of the T.M. Harton Co. and Pittsburgh's famed West View Park, the coaster would quickly become the park's signature attraction.
Blue Streak's basic out-and-back design delivers unexpected thrills with a breathtaking first drop, two classic camel-back hills that provide delightful air-time, and a series of short hills after a speedy turnaround. The 77-foot high, 2, 900-foot long coaster also features a long, dark, winding tunnel as it approaches the lift hill. One of the historic Vettel trains was refurbished in 2002 and placed back into service. Today, it remains one of only two existing examples of this classic coaster designer's work, which utilizes
Blue Streak was one of the first rides to be named an ACE Coaster Classic, which distinguishes those rare coasters that operate in a traditional manner. Beginning in the late 1990s, the future of Conneaut Lake Park was often uncertain. It is through the tireless efforts of community leaders and preservationists that the park continues to exist, while roller coaster enthusiasts hope the Blue Streak will continue to thrill future generations of eager riders.
Erected 2010 by American Coaster Enthusiasts during Coaster Con XXXIII.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1938.
Location. 41° 38.096′ N, 80° 18.971′ W. Marker is in Summit Township, Pennsylvania, in Crawford County. Marker is on Park Street, ¼ mile east of Pennsylvania Route 618, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in Conneaut Lake Park, fixed to the coaster station at the boarding queue. Park Street is within the park; no vehicular traffic. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12382 Center Street, Conneaut Lake PA 16316, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This Carousel (within shouting distance of this marker); This Tablet (approx. 2.3 miles away); To the Memory of the Brave (approx. 2.3 miles away); Geology (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Ice Industry and the Ice Houses (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Railroads (approx. 2.3 miles away); Erie Extension Canal (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Erie Extension Canal (approx. 6.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Conneaut Lake Park is currently admission-free.
Also see . . .
1. Conneaut Lake Park. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Blue Streak (Conneaut Lake) - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Blue Streak - You Tube. High quality. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
4. Blue Streak - You Tube. A slightly newer recording with the approach tunnel roof in place. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.