The Story of High Bridge Glens Park
Submitted by site_admin on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 2:42pm
Monday, November 18 at 7:00 PM
High Bridge Glens park, known as the “Niagara of Ohio,” was
home to one of the first roller coasters in the U.S.
Each summer, thousands of Ohio families head off to Cedar Point or other popular amusement parks in search of thrilling entertainment. But in the Victorian era, there was one destination that many Ohioans had in mind – the beautiful High Bridge Glens & Caves amusement park in the northeast Ohio community of Cuyahoga Falls. The park, which operated from 1879-1895, was known as the “Niagara of Ohio” and is rumored to have had one of the first roller coasters in the U.S.
To learn more about this long-lost amusement park, join the Dover Public Library and members of the Tuscarawas County Amateur Photographic Association (TCAPA) for the TCAPA’s monthly meeting on Mon., Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Dover Public Library, 525 N. Walnut St.
The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will feature a slide presentation by local historian and author Mary McClure. Thanks to the High Bridge Glens park’s stunning natural beauty, which includes cascades and waterfalls, curiously sculpted cliffs and mysterious caves, the park was visited by a number of national, regional and local photographers in the 1800s. During her presentation, McClure will share many of their images, as well as tales of those early photographers.
McClure, a native of Cuyahoga Falls, is a freelance writer and a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Historical Society board of directors. She has been researching the Glens and collecting artifacts from the park for more than a decade, and recently wrote the first pictorial history of the park, which was produced by Arcadia Publishing. Copies of the book – High Bridge Glens of Cuyahoga Falls – will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting – a perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for history or photography buff on your list. The book retails for $21.99 plus tax, payable by check or cash. Call 330-343-6123 to register for this FREE event.
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 7:00pm