Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point and Geauga Lake 1977

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Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point and Geauga Lake 1977

Postby edboxer » Tue May 12, 2009 6:14 pm

So I was going through some old photo albums, came across these and decided to post them.

The first set is from a trip to Cedar Point in July of 1977. In 1977 Cedar Point had 5 rollercoasters - the Blue Streak, the Wildcat, the Jumbo Jet, Cedar Creek Mine Ride and the Corkscrew.

The second set is a trip to Geauga Lake in August 1977 - opening season of the Double Loop!

FYI, all pics were taken with an original 1966 Kodak Instamatic 104 camera. It has been 30+ years, so the color has faded.
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Loading the group into Mary's Station Wagon and driving from Youngstown, Ohio to Cedar Point.
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The CP Train
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Part of the group on the train
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The Giant Wheel and the train
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The old log flume with the Blue Streak in the background. Raptor is there now.
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This is what happened when we asked someone to take a pic of the group. That's me in top row on the left in the blue tank top without a head
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Into every Cedar Point day, a little rain must fall (Blue Streak in the distance)
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Going up the second chain lift on the Mine Ride. Look at all those trees!! And not another coaster in sight! Back then the only ways to get to Frontier Town were the Frontier Trail, the train or the second sky ride that used to run from right about where Iron Dragon is to the restrooms next to the Mine Ride. The walk to Gemini didn't exist! It was all trees.
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Getting drenched on the old Frontier Town water ride that had a double down! Maverick stands there today.
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Posing in the stockade on the Frontier Trail (I'm in the middle) - I had a head and hair in this pic!! Wearing a pair of Indian Leather Toe sandles
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Teresa and Carol driving the cars! Derby Downs in the background.
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Mary's first ride on a rollercoaster - the Blue Streak. She was thrilled!!
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The JUMBO JET!!! Used to be near the entrance
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Going up the circular lift on the JUMBO JET (I'm in the back seat - Jeff's in the front looking back)
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Oh, by the way - the Gemini was under construction!
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A ride on the Geauga Lake Double Loop
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Postby robbalvey » Tue May 12, 2009 6:17 pm

Wow! Great pictures! I love this kind of stuff.

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Postby HPCrazy » Tue May 12, 2009 6:25 pm

Wow, what great photo memories! I'll be going back to Cedar Point this August again for my second time so these are just getting me all hyped up!

By the way, I recognized that Jumbo Jet. I have a pic of it in my book, "The American Rollercoaster". Do you (or anyone else here) know when it was removed?

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Postby FeelTheFORCE » Tue May 12, 2009 6:38 pm

Thanks for sharing! Awesome pictures!
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Postby HowieP » Tue May 12, 2009 6:46 pm

Great vintage photos, man. My father has some at his house of the family going to Cedar Point in 1975, before I was born. They also include the old slide that used to be there. I used to love that one.

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Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point and Geauga Lake 1977

Postby CoastersNSich » Tue May 12, 2009 6:49 pm

edboxer wrote:The first set is from a trip to Cedar Point in July of 1977. In 1977 Cedar Point had 4 rollercoasters - the Blue Streak, the Wildcat, the Jumbo Jet and the Corkscrew.

You forgot Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1969).

I must add, wonderful pictures! I surely miss the GL Double Loop!
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Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point and Geauga Lake 1977

Postby edboxer » Tue May 12, 2009 6:54 pm

CoastersNSich wrote:
edboxer wrote:The first set is from a trip to Cedar Point in July of 1977. In 1977 Cedar Point had 4 rollercoasters - the Blue Streak, the Wildcat, the Jumbo Jet and the Corkscrew.

You forgot Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1969).


Oops, thanks I corrected it!
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Postby Olsor » Tue May 12, 2009 7:14 pm

Awesome pictures, Ed! I love the last picture of Double Loop, where you can see how curves on Arrow rides weren't very circular.

And it still blows my mind to see old pictures of a very wooded Cedar Point.

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Postby CP_RULES » Tue May 12, 2009 7:15 pm

Wow those are some great pictures! Seeing Gemini go up must have been pretty exciting and intimidating... wasn't it the tallest coaster in the world when it was built?
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Postby downunder » Tue May 12, 2009 7:22 pm

Thanks for the photos, they were fascinating.

It's so cool to look at the historical stuff, I remember looking at the photos in the hallways of Hotel Breakers. There was one photo that really freaked us, it was early 1900's and it looked like a wave swinger except it was in the water on the beach.

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