Map of Cedar Point
Top Thrill Dragster, 120 mph, 420 feet in 3.8 seconds
Soak City Water Park
Backstory and Context
In 1892, Cedar Points first roller coaster was built, the Switchback Railway. After many years of positive feedback from this area, Cedar Point Pleasure Resort & Company purchased the site for $256,000, in 1897. Tourists would come by railroad over the next several years. It increased sales, which let new hotels and resorts open up. In 1905, Hotel Breakers opened. With this added right beside the park, it brought in more popularity to the area. It was popular because of the price, the location and the amenities that it offered. In the same year, The Coliseum was opened. The dance floors would host people and bring in popular bands.
They then started offering visitors to travel to the area via steamship. Automobiles came along quickly after, bringing more people to the area. During the great depression and war, Cedar Points attendance dropped, attractions were degraded and the park was slowing down. They put all support on the beaches and other attractions. The area next to Cedar Point was bought by a man to become a bird sanctuary in 1954. This brought more tourism. In 1956, George Roose and Emile Legros bought Cedar Point's land that year. They wanted to turn it into a housing development. They then decided to keep the park and turn it into, "Disneyland of the Midwest." Numerous improvements were made and it made the park grow larger. By 1965, they recorded two million visitors. By 1970s, the company began purchasing other amusement parks in the United States. The business is now known as Cedar Fair, L.P. As Cedar Point continued to grow and adapt, in 1988 Soak City Water Park became part of the packaged deal. It is a waterpark right next to Cedar Point. It gives thrill-seekers an opportunity to cool off but still have fun.
Cedar Point has won many awards and has also broken many records. Gemini, Magnum XL-200, Mean Streak, Raptor, Mantis, Millennium Force, and Top Thrill Dragster have been the world record setters for roller coasters around the world. With this and the amount of roller coaster fans that come every year, Cedar Point was named, "Roller Coaster Capital of the World." Till this day, it is considered a great place for the whole family. This area brings in over 9,000 different types of jobs. With help of the locals and of course its ancestors, Cedar Point has come a long way from the beginning.
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