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However, that all changed with an editorial in the local newspaper in 1867 calling on “some enterprising person” to utilize the magnificent beach on the lake side of Cedar Point. 1892: The park’s first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway, opens.
In the summer of 1870, local businessperson Louis Zistel opened a small beer garden, bathhouse and dance floor on the peninsula. It stood an amazing 25 feet tall and reached an unbelievable top speed of 10 mph.
He would bring guests over to Cedar Point on his steamboat, Young Reindeer, for the modest price of 25 cents. 1894: Beach additions include a pony track, diving platform, water toboggan, horizontal bars, water trapeze and bicycle boats.1897: Four owners (Adam J. George Boeckling guided Cedar Point's success from 1897 until his death in 1931.
By the 1880s it was noted in the local paper that “sailing and bathing parties to Cedar Point are all the rage.”1870: Cedar Point opens as a public bathing beach. Hayes" begins service to Biemiller's Cove while the Steamer "Lutts" goes to the Cedar Point Lighthouse. Stoll, Jacob Kuebeler, Louis Adolph and Charles Bretz) sold interest in Cedar Point to the Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company of Indiana. 1899: Cedar Point opened its first hotel, the Bay Shore Hotel.
Crystal Rock Palace built to serve food and beverages. 1913: College football legend and Notre Dame great, Knute Rockne, works as a lifeguard at Cedar Point with teammate Gus Dorais.
Movie "The Great Train Robbery" played the season at Cedar Point Theatre. 1907: Arrival of Steamer "Eastland." Beginning of steamship service to Cedar Point from Cleveland. During their free time they perfect the forward pass on the Cedar Point Beach.
Located in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point is home to 71 amazing rides, including 18 world-class roller coasters, like the signature Millennium Force giga-coaster.
With over 150 rides, shows and attractions, it’s easy to see why one day is not enough to explore the 364-acre park.
Cedar Point's media policy requires that any journalist visiting the park on assignment must contact the Media Relations team and must be accompanied by a team member.
First passengers arrive at Cedar Point Resort on the Steamer, "Young Reindeer." 1882: Dock built at Biemiller's Cove area; new dance hall and eight bathhouses also built there. A new dock is built between Biemiller's Cove and the Lighthouse. Wilson." 1888: The enormous Grand Pavilion opens, featuring an auditorium, bowling alleys and dining facilities. 1901: The White House, a 55-room hotel opens on Sandusky Bay.
1884: Great Western Band performed at Grove on lakeshore. The adjacent Ladies' Pavilion provided refreshments suitable for ladies and children. 1902: The Figure-Eight Roller Toboggan opens as the second roller coaster ever built at Cedar Point.
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