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Geauga Lake Park skyscraper: Going, going...gone

11:54 PM, Jul 24, 2009   |    comments
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The photos show the last shot of the 1974-era Itamin Skyscraper as it stood in June, 2008 and the crane that dismantled it the past two weeks.

"The owner of the tower began dismantling it last week, as it was to be removed from the grounds, according to the terms of the sale," said Cedar Fair spokesman Robin Innes Wednesday.

Sandusky-based Cedar Fair owns Geauga Lake Wildwater Kingdom and the adjacent 600 acres where the former Geauga Lake amusement park once operated.

Cedar Fair closed the amusement park in September 2007, then held an auction June 17-18, 2008, for most of the rides, attractions and buildings.

Some rides were moved to other Cedar Fair-owned parks, some were sold to other parks, and others were sold for scrap.

The Skyscraper was originally sold June 17, 2008, for $12,500 to be scrapped.

Two roller coasters -- the Raging Wolf Bobs and the Big Dipper -- remain on the grounds. The Wolf Bobs were sold for scrap and had been partially dismantled earlier this year.

The Big Dipper remains intact.

Innes was asked about the status of the hand-carved, 1926 vintage Marcus Illions carousel that also remains on the grounds.

He said it is still there and is in the process of being refurbished and will be moved later to another Cedar Fair-owned park.

The carousel was originally built for the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exposition in 1926 and it appeared briefly in Birmingham, Ala., before being placed in storage.

It was then bought by Geauga Lake in 1937.

Innes said there are no new developments in Cedar Fair's attempts to sell the amusement park grounds for some kind of development.

In addition, Cedar Fair is still marketing its Worlds of Fun in Kansas City and its Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minn.,

Geauga Lake was known as Geauga Lake from 1888 to 1999, then became Six Flags Ohio in 2000. From 2001 to 2003, it was known as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.

In 2004, after Cedar Fair bought it, it became Geauga Lake again, then Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom in 2005 until Cedar Fair closed the amusment park side.


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