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Puritas Springs Park / The Cyclone Roller Coaster

 
 
Puritas Springs Park side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
1. Puritas Springs Park side of marker
Inscription.  
Puritas Mineral Spring Company bottled and sold mineral water from the natural springs in the area. In 1894, the Cleveland and Berea Street Railway bought Puritas Springs and expanded the area into a picnic grove with a dance hall and pavilion to increase passenger traffic on the inter-urban line. Puritas Springs Park opened June 10, 1900—the first day the railway operated all the way to the entrance gates. John E. Gooding bought Puritas Springs in June 1915 and added an indoor roller rink, amusement rides, and the mighty Cyclone roller coaster. Labor Day 1958 the park closed, and on May 9, 1959 a fire destroyed many parts of the abandoned park.

The Cyclone Roller Coaster. In 1927, John A. Miller, famed roller coaster designer, built an unrivaled coaster at Puritas Springs Park which took advantage of its location at the edge of the Rocky River Valley. Opening June 10, 1928, the Cyclone was seen by patrons as one of the tallest and fastest coasters in Northern Ohio. Riders plunged 87 feet into the ravine on a winding course, careening through the trees and around the cliff’s edge, which intensified
The Cyclone Roller Coaster side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
2. The Cyclone Roller Coaster side of marker
the hills, turns, and dips. Reports that many were killed on the Cyclone are false, although one inebriated rider fell from the coaster in 1953 and died. The high cost of maintenance forced the closing of the Cyclone in 1956 and it is on the Smithsonian Institution’s list of Great Lost Roller Coasters.
 
Erected 2015 by West Park Historical Society and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 121-18.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 41° 26.059′ N, 81° 50.217′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is at the intersection of Puritas Avenue and West 194th Street, on the left when traveling west on Puritas Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19480 Puritas Ave, Cleveland OH 44135, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bain Park Cabin (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rockport Cemetery of Pioneer Days (approx. 1.2 miles away); Joseph Peake's Farm (approx. 2.4 miles away); Parker Ranch
Puritas Springs Park / The Cyclone Roller Coaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
3. Puritas Springs Park / The Cyclone Roller Coaster Marker
(approx. 2½ miles away); John J. Donnelly (approx. 3 miles away); Coe Ridge (approx. 3.1 miles away); The West Park African American Community (approx. 3.2 miles away); Clague Family Homestead (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This historical marker has been placed at the entrance to the park. The land on which it stood is now a residential development.
 
Photo Embedded in Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photo Embedded in Marker
“Mile High Cyclone — World’s Greatest!”
Puritas Springs Park / The Cyclone Roller Coaster image. Click for full size.
circa 1956
5. Puritas Springs Park / The Cyclone Roller Coaster
photo from Google Earth/Ohio Department of Transporation aerial image
Puritas Springs Park / Location of Cyclone on present day map image. Click for full size.
2018
6. Puritas Springs Park / Location of Cyclone on present day map
Mapped overlay of the exact coordinates where the coaster was located based on old aerial photograph. Pasted over image section of Google Maps.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   5, 6. submitted on August 19, 2020, by Joel Maus of Parma, Ohio.
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