Haunting photos of a rotting wooden coaster


16 Responses to “Haunting photos of a rotting wooden coaster”

  1. djam says:

    I wouldn’t go on a wooden roller coaster but suprisingly they have a good safety record!

  2. stubar says:


    At the risk of nitpicking, while Cedar Point is, well, super awesome, the Gemini, unlike the Mean Streak and the Blue Streak, is not a wooden coaster per se as it has a wood frame but an all steel track. You can definitely tell the difference.

  3. Maddy says:

    Euclid Beach was another great cleve-land amusement park.

    But the king still remains — Cedar Point, the best amusement park on Planet Earth. It’s got the old (the Arcade is right outta “Big”) and it’s got the new (biggest, fastest coasters), etc. And you can still go on some great wood rollar coasters there, the Mean Streak, the Gemini, and the grandaddy of them all — The Blue Streak. If you play your cards right and wait until your past the first hill, you can almost stand-up on this coaster …

  4. arfies says:

    I submitted this *exact* site to BoingBoing ages ago, but to no avail. :(

  5. lj says:

    I was intrigued by the headline: there I was, expecting to see some pictures of a small, unloved, wooden table mat…

  6. penelopejonze says:

    I’ve been to this place several times in summer and winter. It’s absolutely amazing. The land it’s on was just bought by a developer and the whole park will be torn down soon. Sad.

    I also have some flickr galleries of the park here, here, and here.

    This picture is my favorite because you can see the big tree trunks that have grown up between the coaster planks. It’s how the whole world will look when all the humans are gone.

  7. TulsaTV says:

    Previous Boing Boing item on another deadwood coaster: http://www.boingboing.net/2005/10/10/ruined-tulsa-1960s-a.html

  8. jsauter says:

    Looks like a great place to have fun/fall on a rusty nail playing paintball.

  9. Crunchbird says:

    A link I spotted on another blog just the other day. . .

    List of Abandoned Amusement Parks

    It includes lots of international parks as well as US parks, and most of them have Wikipedia entries of their own which link to outside history, memorabilia, and other fannish-type sites. Warning: Massive Time Sink Potential

  10. codeloss says:

    I have some pictures from Lincoln Park in Massachusetts, with a similarly broken down coaster. Though I think it has since been replaced by condos.

  11. Tenn says:

    I want places like this to take pictures at. Neat-O. Also seems like a great place to draw!

  12. groyse says:

    Ya know if Scoob and the gang had solved the mystery of the Chippewa Ghost, Old Man Withers would have been able to reopen this place.

    On a more serious note, I just barely remember going to Chippewa Lake Park as a small child with my mother. I was maybe four but I remember the turnstile and that coaster. It’s very surreal seeing how much it has overgrown. Makes me feel kinda old, actually.

    I remember my mother telling me how she saw the Michael Stanley Band there before they got sorta largish.

    It’s really odd seeing these photos.

  13. alainsane says:

    I think BoingBoing should stand by its philosophy and stop plugging photo exhibits that aren’t released under CreativeCommons. And 800×600 to boot? Please. I’d rather see nothing than to be teased with circa 1998-sized pictures like those. :(

  14. TootsNYC says:

    This reminds me of the wooden roller coaster in Arnold’s Park, Iowa, on West Okoboji Lake.

    That was the first roller coaster I ever rode on. I think every year there was speculation that this was its last year.

    But it’s still operating.

    It too was built in the 1920s. It’s the 13th oldest–I had heard that it was the first roller coaster built west of the Mississippi, but I don’t actually know that for fact.


    And now I live not far from the Cyclone–which I will never ride again.

  15. Xenu says:

    Would make a cool level in the next Myst game.

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