North Central Ohio – May 2021 – Wanderings on a Saturday

A recent Saturday was spent wandering the back roads of North Central Ohio from Columbus all the way to Lake Erie.

First stop was in the small town of Mt Gilead, the county seat of Morrow County. The old county jail dates from 1850.

Next door is a soldiers monument.

Next stop – Galion, where we checked out the old train station and theater.

The Huron County Courthouse clocktower in Norwalk.

At last – the Lake Erie shoreline in the town of Huron. The lighthouse was built in 1939, reflecting the style of the period.

Sandusky is the center of the lakeshore for this area. Home to what is generally acknowledged as the best amusement park in the world (Cedar Point), Sandusky relies heavily on tourism.

Starting back south we made a stop in Castalia, at the fish hatchery. Unfortunately it was closed, but the nearby creek has a number of well feed fish, along with some birds looking for lunch.

We passed through Bellevue and had the photo op of a very long, slow moving freight train passing the Mad River Railroad Museum – providing a contrast of the size of locomotive from the past and today.

Time to cruise on home, amazingly following the same vintage car southbound that we were behind for about 20 miles going north earlier.

Sandusky, OH – June 2005 – Cedar Point Amusement Park

Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio has been going strong for almost 150 years. While many of the old parks disappeared in the 1950s and 1960s, Cedar Point has continually expanded throughout.

These photos were taken in 2005, causing me to want to go back and document how much of what I captured then is gone now. In my opinion Cedar Point was, is and will likely always be the best amusement park in the world.

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Top Thrill Dragster – 400′ high, and 0-120 in 3.8 seconds.

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Max Air – A Giant Frisbee Ride

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The Ferris Wheel – 136′ high

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The train and Mean Streak coaster meet at the beach.

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A portion of Millenium Force

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A jumble of coasters.

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Raptor from the bucket ride with Sandusky Bay in the background.

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Max Air in action.

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Mantis – Stand Up Coaster

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The classic Wild Mouse

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An aerial view from the top of the rotating elevator. The smugs on the right are from the dirty windows, but the view of the ferris wheel and Wicked Twister make it worthwhile.

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Wicked Twister with Lake Erie in the background.

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Raptor and the harbor.

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The classic Corkscrew. This ride has been flipping people upside down since 1976.

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The Blue Streak. Built in 1964 and named for the local high school sports teams.

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Top Thrill Dragster.

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