Puritas Park

Puritas Park

Post by ced.. » Sat, 07 May 1994 08:17:21


If I remember correctly, Bob Cortmell's book "The Great American Scream
Machine" mentioned the Puritas park coaster.  I remeber that it was a ravine
coaster and that only the loading station was visible from the main park.  I
also seem to remember that some guy in the greater Cleveland area did a model
of the coaster on his train layout.  I do remeber for sure that the coaster was  
on some type of Smithsonian list called "Great Lost Coasters".  I also remeber
that just before Cartmell published his book, he visited the coaster ruins and
some pictures were taken that are included in the book.  

If anyone is visiting these ruins this summer, let me know.  I live about 1 and
a half hours from Cleveland (Fremont) and will (hopefully) be at CWRU in the
fall.  

One more thing; Does anyone have any info on a coaster study that the
Smithsonian did about 15 years ago?  I heard a rumor that they performed one,
but I never heard from them when I wrote and asked about it.
Thanks!
Enjoy the Rails,
Philip Fuchs
Wittenberg University

 
 
 

Puritas Park

Post by Tom Maglio » Sun, 08 May 1994 06:42:10

Quote:

>If I remember correctly, Bob Cortmell's book "The Great American Scream
>Machine" mentioned the Puritas park coaster.  I remeber that it was a ravine
>coaster and that only the loading station was visible from the main park.  I
>also seem to remember that some guy in the greater Cleveland area did a model
>of the coaster on his train layout. I do remeber for sure that the coaster was
>on some type of Smithsonian list called "Great Lost Coasters".  I also remeber
>that just before Cartmell published his book, he visited the coaster ruins and
>some pictures were taken that are included in the book.  

>If anyone is visiting these ruins this summer, let me know. I live about 1 and
>a half hours from Cleveland (Fremont) and will (hopefully) be at CWRU in the
>fall.  

>One more thing; Does anyone have any info on a coaster study that the
>Smithsonian did about 15 years ago?  I heard a rumor that they performed one,
>but I never heard from them when I wrote and asked about it.
>Thanks!
>Enjoy the Rails,
>Philip Fuchs
>Wittenberg University

Hi Philip,
        The Smithsonian sponsored a travelling exhibit about 15 years ago,
which is probably what you are referring to above. I was lucky to see this
exhibit when it was installed (for quite some length of time, as I recall)
in the carousel building at Sea Breeze park in Rochester, NY. BTW, this is
the carousel which was virtually completely destroyed recently by fire. I
don't believe that the Smith. exhibit was involved in the fire, however, I
believe it has been moved elsewhere. For some time, ACE and others were
selling a large two-sided poster about this exhibit (I have one myself)
but I haven't seen this poster or heard anything else about the exhibit
for quite some time. Perhaps Robert Cartmell might know its whereabouts
and disposition.

Happy hunting,
Tom