November 27, 2020

Awesome Vintage Photos of Cedar Point From the 1880s Through the 1990s

Oh, Cedar Point. Having what is considered the best amusement park in the world just down the road in Sandusky is a wonderful bonus for Clevelanders. However, Cedar Point wasn't always the world renowned park with record-setting rollercoasters that it is now.

Cedar Point opened in 1870 and is the second oldest amusement park in the United States. In its early days, it was known more for its beach, pier and water rides. For most of its early years, it was more of a place for locals or those a short drive away. These pictures go all the way back to the late 19th century. Cedar Point didn't really turn into the park it is now until the 1990s.

All photos via the Cleveland Memory Project and Cedar Point's Facebook Page.

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 Grand Pavilion and Bandstand, 1888

Grand Pavilion and Bandstand, 1888

 Grand Pavilion, Beach and Bandstand, 1895

Grand Pavilion, Beach and Bandstand, 1895

 Tourists Swimming, 1900s

Tourists Swimming, 1900s

 Cedar Point Boat Landing, 1900s

Cedar Point Boat Landing, 1900s

 Beach and Toboggan Slide, 1900s

Beach and Toboggan Slide, 1900s

 Ferry at Dock, 1900

Ferry at Dock, 1900

 Ackley's Band, 1902

Ackley's Band, 1902

 Waterfront Dock, 1903

Waterfront Dock, 1903

 Waterfront Dock, 1903

Waterfront Dock, 1903

 Beach and Sea Swing, 1904

Beach and Sea Swing, 1904