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The History of Euclid Beach Park (1894 - 1969)

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Euclid Beach Park, Euclid Ohio, circa 1905

Euclid Beach Park, circa 1905

(public domain photo) Euclid Beach Park Carousel Car at Western Reserve Historical Society

Euclid Beach Park Carousel Car at Western Reserve Historical Society

(public domain photo) Euclid Beach Park Arch, 2006

Euclid Beach Park Arch, 2006

(© 2006 Stu Spivack/cc license)

Euclid Beach Park, once located along the shores of Lake Erie east of Cleveland in Euclid Ohio, was a popular turn-of-the (20th) century amusement park and beach, fashioned after New York's Coney Island. Although it closed in 1969, many Cleveland residents count visits to the park as some of their favorite childhood memories.

Early History:

Euclid Beach Park opened in 1894. The park was owned and operated by William R. Ryan, who saw it as an adult park, with a beer garden and freak shows. The Dubley S. Humphrey family purchased the park in 1901 and re-created it as a family resort, with proper attire and behavior required and no beer allowed.

Euclid Beach Park Attractions:

Among the many attractions at Euclid Beach Park were a number of classic roller coasters, landscaped picnic grounds, a fun house, a long pier jutting out into Lake Erie, a dance pavilion, a area for smaller children, and lots of rides.

The Demise of Euclid Beach Park:

The advent of television and the relocation of many Clevelanders to the suburbs in the 1960s spelled the end for Euclid Beach Park. The former Cleveland favorite closed its gates for good on September 28, 1969.

Euclid Beach Park Today:

Today, all that remains of the once vibrant amusement park is the Arch that stands guard along Lake Shore Blvd. Declared a National Historic Landmark, the arch is now protected from demolition.

Attractions from the Park may be found in and around Cleveland. The "Great American Racing Derby" attraction is now at Cedar Point; portions of the carousel are on display at the Western Reserve Historical Society; and "Laughing Sal," a fixture of the Euclid Beach fun house, can be rented for special events.

Sources:

Euclid Beach Park - A Second Look, Lee O. Bush et. al; Amusement Park Books; 1979.
Euclid Beach Park at amusement parks.com
Euclid Beach Park at the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

(Updated 10-3-13)

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