Cedar Point 1949 Aerial

Walt's avatar

As some of you know, I grew up a few miles east of Cedar Point in Huron, specifically in the Rye Beach neighborhood. My mom still lives there and the house has been in the family for 70 years. I was recently searching for old aerial photos and found an aerial source I had never seen before.

I thought it would be fun to journey down the Lake Erie shore. I ended up finding this fantastic high-resolution aerial from March 5, 1949. I'm not sure I've ever seen a pre-1960 aerial of this resolution. Click here to download the full resolution photo.

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Cargo Shorts's avatar

Any idea what that series of white stripes is on the right?

Also the water tower appears in a similar area to the one they recently replaced. Same one?

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Cargo Shorts said:

Any idea what that series of white stripes is on the right?

The group of 5 looks similar to a shotgun skeet & trap range.

Camp Perry about 15 miles to the west on Rt.2 is where the yearly civilian marksmanships are held, could've been related to that back in that era.

Other then that, don't know ?

Or it could've that part of the property owned/rented by a sportsman club.

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number of times to Cedar Point:50s/60s/70s/80s-3,1995-1,1996-27,1997-18,1998-13,1999-20,2000-16,2001-8,2002-7,2003-18,2004-14,2005-18,2006-28,2007-16,2008-17,2009-28,2010-26,2011-27,2012-21,2013-18,2014-24,2015-29,2016-46,2017-13,2018-14,2019-10,2020-0,2021-3 Running Total-483 72,000 miles traveled for the point.

1000 years of force's avatar

Lookit all the treeees!

Walt, what was the resource? I'd like to see some other aerials from the immediate area.

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Walt's avatar

Jerry, they're from ODOT. Here's how to access:

https://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Engineering/CaddMapping/Pages...uests.aspx

I found the process of finding and downloading the images to be a little tricky. I recommend watching the instruction video - it is very helpful.

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Cargo Shorts said:

Any idea what that series of white stripes is on the right?

After comparing them to two other shotgun trap/skeet ranges, that's what they definitely are.


number of times to Cedar Point:50s/60s/70s/80s-3,1995-1,1996-27,1997-18,1998-13,1999-20,2000-16,2001-8,2002-7,2003-18,2004-14,2005-18,2006-28,2007-16,2008-17,2009-28,2010-26,2011-27,2012-21,2013-18,2014-24,2015-29,2016-46,2017-13,2018-14,2019-10,2020-0,2021-3 Running Total-483 72,000 miles traveled for the point.

1000 years of force's avatar

Thanks Walt! That is a nifty resource!


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TwistedCircuits's avatar

I haven't thought about it but with the historical resort design that the park having a shotgun / skeet trap range definitely would make sense for out there, and their line of fire going out generally over the lake would be a relatively safe area. That would be a beautiful area to do that at.


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JohnMosesBrowning's avatar

That’s definitely a trap range. No towers for skeet. When I was growing up in Bay Village, Ohio we had a single trap range in the city park that launched out toward the lake. After I had moved out of the house, the nimrods on the city council decided to close the trap range and put in sidewalks for running. Like there aren’t already enough sidewalks in town? My Dad gave the city council members holy hell over that!


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jimmyburke's avatar

JohnMosesBrowning, was that north of Cahoon Park, east of Huntington Beach? As teens in mid-70's we made our way down to the lake "after hours" around there and where Columbia meets Lake.

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jimmyburke said:

JohnMosesBrowning, was that north of Cahoon Park, east of Huntington Beach? As teens in mid-70's we made our way down to the lake "after hours" around there and where Columbia meets Lake.

Yep, north end of Cahoon Park just west of Dover Center Rd. I lived 2 blocks away.


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1975-77: Catering Manager for Cedar Point

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