Allison V.

Port Colborne, Ontario


Crystal Beach

Crystal Beach was a fun amusement park that sadly only lasted 101 years.. It opened in 1888 and closed in 1989 due to lack in money. It originally started as a religious campground. Investors saw an opportunity to make money if they opened an amusement park. Then it was formed. The park opened and many people came. Later 1927 the Cyclone (a roller coaster) was formed. The first day a 22-year old man named Amis died when he stood up to take his suitcoat off. Before 1933, they tore down Cyclone (due to deaths) and used the wood and steel to make a new ride called "Comet". The four main roller coasters that will never be forgotten is "The magic Carpet" or its new name "Magic Palace", Cyclone (the worlds most dangerous coaster in the world, and the only coaster to have a nurses station at the end), Laff In The Dark (a spooky ride), and Comet ( A fun, more safer ride). Crystal beach will never be forgotten.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Probably the Cyclone and learning that it had a nurses station at the end to assist anyone that had fainted.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

That Cyclone was the most dangerous ride and killed lots of people, and that Crystal Beach will never be forgotten for it's food, rides, and family time together.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

From the clothing difference: I wear T-Shirts and shorts and maybe rompers on a nice day. But back then they wore long dresses with ruffles and the men wore nice clothing and top-hats. With rides: Now-a-days, rides from Canadas Wonderland (for example) are safer and more high-tech then back then. The Cyclone (for example) Killed many people and had no straight tracks. But now in 2019 we learned better than before and now we include safety bars and lap bars.