High Bridge Glens of Cuyahoga Falls

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Arcadia Publishing, 2012 - History - 127 pages
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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) William McKinley to internationally known trapeze artists. 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.

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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.

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