BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Geauga Lake’s Big Dipper roller coaster is rubble. Cedar Fair, which owns the property, started demolition on the historic coaster Monday morning, using a backhoe.
Steven Larch, a student at Kent State University, sent The Plain Dealer several photos of the demolition taken with his drone. He took the photos and video Tuesday afternoon.
“When I heard the coaster was going to be torn down, I had to see it one last time,” he said. “Geauga Lake is one of the amusement parks that started my love for roller coasters.”
The coaster, built in 1925, has been an enticing target for trespassers in recent years. Cedar Fair closed Geauga Lake in 2007 and is hoping to sell the land.
Feeling nostalgic? Local businessman Ross Leighliter, who worked at SeaWorld in the 1990s, has created a website featuring old photos of Geauga Lake, Six Flags, SeaWorld and Wildwater Kingdom. Find it at friendsofthewhale.net.