Craig J Creager
Can anyone tell me about the history of the slot machines that were there at one time?
I just purchased 4 rare WWII Tobacco stand signs from the park. Check out this link. These are amazing. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190588616119&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT#ht_808wt_1278
I,unfortunately, only worked at Euclid Beach Park for 1 year, 1968. I wished that I could have worked there for many more. I was 16 years old at the time and the Park was going to close, forever. It was the BEST SUMMER of my young life.
I worked, are you ready ? : the Turnpike,Rockets,Bug,Tea Cups,Flying Scooters, Golf course,Flying Turns(?), Racing Coasters, Carousel, Blue Streak,and I think several others (it is easy to confuse Cedar Point and Geauga Lake rides as I worked both parks the next 4 years).
I worked wherever and whenever "Mr.Dudley" needed me to work and greatly enjoyed every minute of it. Many times I was there at 8 or 9 in the morning and stayed through closing.
Every day I had the same thing for lunch, because I loved it so much. Namely, ham and butter sandwich with an orange or, for a little variety, root beer soda. I did not mind waiting with Laughing Sal while the ladies prepared my Lunch or Dinner.
The story I always like to tell is that,whereas it meant that I had to go home, and the very last day going home was Very Depressing, concerned CLOSING TIME.
As we ushered visitors out of the Park, we were to inspect our stations for trash, lost items, forgotten items (once at the Tea cups I found a bag containing a little "happy weed", the owner returned to reclaim it. Wasn't that ride such that EVERYONE got off it at least a little "high"?(the material WAS NOT used during my stand at the Cups).
Anyhow I ALWAYS loved watching the PEOPLE leave and the SKUNKS moved in to do their job : THE CLEAN UP OF LEFTOVER Goodies ! The Skunks would wait until there was a good 20 feet or so between them and the people departing. They would come from the beach area, or back of the Park and proceed to scour each and every inch of the Park, towards the front of the Park. Sure, there were a few raccoons here and there, but it was the Army of Clean Up Crew SKUNKS that I enjoyed watching(of course those who noticed the EBP Army were fun to watch also). I was not afraid of them and they were likewise towards us.
The ARMY was more than happy to accept our "donations".
Whereas I do not remember any of the other employees" that I worked with and relieved so that they could take their breaks, by name, I had to have worked with Phil,Volume 22,Issue 4,page 11. His idea is SUPER Terrific !
Now, even more so than the last 2 or 3 years, I greatly look forward to September 25th !
Thank you very much.
(One of the Few, the Proud, the Brave, Euclid Beach Park, Mr.Dudley's Crew of 1968)
Summers meant Willoughy Day at Euclid Beach. At least two weeks prior to this wondrous event, all the downtown merchants handed out strips of tickets to selected rides. Well, handed out is a euphemistic way of saying tried to keep the myriad kids who swarmed to their counters from grabbing more than ten at a time. After we had collected at least two hundred tickets, we spent several hours cutting them apart and rubber banding the tickets for each ride separately--meaning that if we actually used each one we could ride until we were ready to sign up for Medicare. The favored rides were the Thriller--in the eyes of a child a rickety wooden roller coaster that rose sky ward at least ten stories high, Laugh-in-the-Dark, a ride no self-respecting child would ever find even remotely scary, the Fun House, a building whose entrnce was guarded by a gigantic laughing man and woman whose grotesquely eerie gawfaws would unnerve even the bravest soul, and the Racing Derby, a step up from the proverbial Merry-Go-Round. Very few of us were brave enough eto chance the Rocket Cars, large silver containers that swung out over Lake Erie. Everyone knew the tragic tale of someone's cousin/aunt/grandmother, etc.,who, when the support chain snapped was plunged into the lake and never seen again. It seems inconceivable in this day and age that we were allowed to board a bus at the Willoughby Post Office parking lot and travel unchaperoned to the park where we wandered about until late afternoon, whereupon we returned to the bus clutching bags of taffy and popcorn balls and rode contentedly back to our homes.
Being from Massillon, I only got to go to the park once when a friend asked me to go along when I was about 12 (1963). Although I had been to other parks, I was really impressed with Euclid Beach Park and have always remembered it fondly. I remember the salt water taffy, the movie star photo booth where you could buy pictures of your favorite stars, the Over the Falls (my first roller coaster type) ride, and the race horse ride. I never got to go again before it closed.. and I have sadly lost my copy of the book, which I eagerly purchased when it first came out. Good luck and thank you for this site.
I never went to the park my mom & family went there during the summers to have fun my Grandfather worked for Ajax in Euclid he always had his company Picnics there he worked on many of the parks rides the Bug was one of them I went to many of the mall shows at Euclid Square Mall when they had them then it moved to Richmond Mall one year cause Euclid Mall was going to close now they moved the shows to the state park which is a nice thing got to see the arch looks good repainted someday I will get to ride the Carousel from the park