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New Book Explores the History of High Bridge Glens
Local author releases new book featuring a stunning collection of vintage photographs from this Cuyahoga Falls park
Thanks to its breathtaking waterfalls, mysterious caves, and thrilling roller coaster—rumored to be one of the first in the United States—the High Bridge Glens and Caves Park, located along the banks of the thundering Cuyahoga River, made the northeast Ohio community of Cuyahoga Falls one of the leading tourist destinations in the state in the late 1800s. At the height of its popularity, the park attracted more than 8,000 visitors per day. Guests ranged from future US president (then congressman)
Although reporters quickly dubbed the park “the Niagara of Ohio” and predicted it would become famous abroad, by the early 1900s the High Bridge Glens had faded into obscurity, ultimately leaving behind little evidence that it ever existed at all.
Highlights of High Bridge Glens of Cuyahoga Falls include:
• Many rare photographs from private collectors and museums, providing readers with a look at one-of-a-kind images that would not otherwise be readily available to the public.
• The park was rumored to have had one of the first—if not the first—roller coasters in the country. This book provides a look at the type of ride that was at the park, when it was built, where it was located, who owned it and other colorful anecdotes regarding its operation.
• Through the book, readers will meet some of the most colorful characters to have ever worked at the Glens. From Luther Fenton, whose ferry boat flipped over and tipped a load of visitors into the Cuyahoga River, to D.C. Freer, who got the ride of his life when the car on the Glens roller coaster came off its track and sent Freer and his fellow passengers sailing through the air and into the trees.
Over the past decade, local author Mary McClure has conducted extensive research into the history of the park and collected numerous artifacts that shed new light on this fascinating part of local history. Those items, combined with rare images from the Cuyahoga Falls Historical Society and private collectors across the state, provide a captivating look at one of the area’s most colorful Victorian-era resorts.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com
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With more than 7,500 local history titles published to date, Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Widely recognized sepia books feature hundreds of vintage historical images.