Eagles Mere in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Site of the Original Toboggan Slide
Blocks of ice are measured, cut, and transported to the foot of Lake Ave. where construction begins. The slide, which is 1200 ft. long, is grooved to fit the hand-crafted, wooden toboggans.
Today E. M. Slide Association uses the original plans – modern equipment replaces the old horse teams, wagons, bob-sleds and hand saws.
E. M. Slide Association
Erected 1976 by Eagles Mere Civic Club & Eagles Mere Slide Association.
Location. 41° 24.655′ N, 76° 34.918′ W. Marker is in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, in Sullivan County. Marker is at the intersection of Eagles Mere Avenue (State Highway 42) and Lake Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Eagles Mere Avenue. Marker is located at the northeast corner of the intersection, beside a three-foot tall, dry-stack rock fence. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eagles Mere PA 17731, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker Hotel Eagles Mere (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eagles Mere Chautauqua (about 300 feet away); Lewis Glass Works (about 500 feet away); Eagles Mere Downtown Revitalization (about 600 feet away); Seth Thomas Clock (about 700 feet away); Bell from the Eagles Mere School (about 700 feet away); The Chaseway... (about 700 feet away); Hiram's Landing (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eagles Mere.
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1. Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide. Capt. E.S. Chase stood at the edge of the lake one January day watching his grandchildren. They asked him why he couldn’t build a “real good” toboggan slide down the slope of Lake Avenue. It was a logical idea. He began work on a design and method for building a toboggan slide that would be safe, sturdy and continued pleasure for Eagles Mere residents. The slide today is executed from these original plans using Capt. Chase’s planer and his method of grooving the ice. The Captain had a wooden toboggan built with three metal runners to fit the groove made in the ice of the slide. (Submitted on November 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide History. The slide was ready for operation in January of 1904. The first to test the slide was Harry Stevens. As no sled was immediately available he chose to sit down in a heavy iron scoop-shovel and away went Harry! The observers cheered him on until they quickly became aware of a strange cloud forming around him which developed into a trail of smoke as he gained momentum and rode swiftly out on the lake. The men raced down the hill and out on to the ice to find Mr. Stevens with the seat of his pants completely burnt out. (Submitted on November 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.