Big Dipper (Geauga Lake)
Big Dipper from across Geauga Lake
|Closing date||September 16, 2007|
|Manufacturer||National Amusement Device Company|
|Designer||John A. Miller|
|Model||Out and Back roller coaster|
|Lift/launch system||Chain lift hill|
|Height||65 ft (20 m)|
|Length||2,680 ft (820 m)|
|Speed||40 mph (64 km/h)|
|Capacity||522 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Big Dipper at RCDB
Pictures of Big Dipper at RCDB
Big Dipper is a wooden roller coaster at Geauga Lake amusement park in Bainbridge Township, Ohio. Built in 1925, the Big Dipper is an ACE Coaster Classic and an ACE Coaster Landmark. However, the award was never officially presented to the park. Until September 2007, it was the oldest operating wooden coaster in Ohio, and the 7th oldest operating roller coaster in the USA (12th oldest in the world). Big Dipper underwent major renovations in 1980. It has been named "Big Dipper" since 1969, before which it was named Clipper and Sky Rocket. It is currently Standing but not operating.
There is some debate over what year the ride actually opened to the public. Some historical accounts claim the ride was built and opened in 1925. Others claim that the ride was built in 1925, but did not open until 1926, and still others find that the ride was built and opened in 1926.
To satisfy all three claims, the park celebrated the ride's 80th anniversary in 2006 as well as 2005.
A rare photo of the ride has been recovered which clearly states that the photo was taken in 1925, however whether or not the Big Dipper has been completely built or even opened cannot be ascertained from the photograph.
Big Dipper's Future
On September 21, 2007, Cedar Fair announced that the amusement park side of Geauga Lake would close and only the water park, Wildwater Kingdom, would remain. This left the future of Big Dipper uncertain. Because it was the oldest operating roller coaster in Ohio, many, including members of the general public, elected officials, preservationists and roller coaster enthusiasts, are concerned about the fate of Big Dipper. Even though the coaster has been sold at an auction of the park's rides in June 2008, there is still no official word of what is going to happen to the Big Dipper and it is still standing intact but not operating. Minor damage to the structure was repaired in late 2008.
According to Max Ivey, as of December, 2009, the Big Dipper was up for sale again for a price of $150,000.
As of August 29, 2010, the Big Dipper was up for auction on internet auction website eBay with bid starting at $9,500 and a "buy it now" price of $65,000. The auction ended on September 6 without a single bid. On September 30, 2010 two roller coaster enthusiasts teamed up to buy the roller coaster, but the deal was declared dead by the two on January 11, 2011 due to various legal issues regarding the sale. The enthusiasts had intended to disassemble and store the coaster in an area close to the park.
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- "1925 Big Dipper Group Photo". Geauga Lake Today. 1925. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
- ^ http://origin.wkyc.com/news/local/news_article.aspx?storyid=99111&catid=3
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- "World Famous Big Dipper coaster Geauga Lake Park | eBay". Cgi.ebay.com. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- Official Save the Big Dipper Website
- UltimateRollerCoaster.com - Unofficial Page
- Geauga Lake at Top Roller Coasters and Amusement Parks