Cedar Point island or peninsula?

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 9:34 AM

I am think that it is an island because you must cross a bridge to get there no matter which road you take. So, what is or was the name of the island? I have not read anything about this before and just thought of it now for some reason. It had to have had a name before it became a park 150 years ago, right?

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:21 AM
Paisley's avatar

It was a true peninsula, the original road to it followed the Chausee up to the condos and instead of turning toward the mainland there by the willows it continued along that path and reached the mainland over in what is now the Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve. The road was washed out/severaly damaged in a bad storm and when it was rebuilt it was rerouted to where it is now. The big gap in the land bridge where the condos have access to the lake from their lagoon area was originally land. I forget what year it happened, pretty sure most of us weren't even born then.

It was still called cedar Point back then even before it was a park because of the Cedar Trees that are said to have been plentiful but interestingly enough true Cedars don't grow in Ohio, the trees in the park now that I had assumed were Cedars are actually Bald Cypress. Found that out when I grew some at home and all the needles fell off in the fall and I did some research to find out why.

Last edited by Paisley, Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:24 AM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 1:11 PM
Cargo Shorts's avatar

I say it is a sandwich. :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 7:32 PM
DRE420's avatar

Interesting about the Bald Cypress bit, I never knew that. I'm glad for their mistake in identification though, Bald Cypress Point just doesn't have that ring to it....

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 7:40 PM

We like the trees so much we actually got two for our property.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:55 PM

The trees that were around Magnum’s exit ramp were bald cypress. I say were because I don’t remember if they’re still there now or not. It was interesting because in the spring they’d be trimmed back to practically nothing and by end of summer they were bushy and pretty again.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 8:08 AM
Paisley's avatar

They're still there as of last year. They do get an awfully severe haircut most years. Two years ago when closing day had really high winds a branch fell off the tree near the restrooms/first aid area and my husband and I stripped the cones off before maintenance got it, put them in pots and kept them lightly moist in the dining room over winter. In the spring a bunch of little bitty what we thought were Cedars sprouted. I think they are one one of the cooler souvenirs I've gotten from the park. I've been spreading them around to close family and friends that are big park goers.

There is apparently a whole group of trees known as "false cedars" that are often referred to as cedars even though they don't technically belong to the cedar species.

Thursday, June 3, 2021 11:45 AM

That's cool! I would love to have that too

Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:38 PM
Cargo Shorts's avatar

Something like this would actually be a really cool Earth Day/Go Green type promotion like hat or bobble head day at the ballpark. They could work with their nursery/landscaper to grown them and hand them out as you leave the park. In grade school we always got sent home with a small sapling on Arbor Day I think. A good way to help cement the emotional attachment to the park with the kids.

Last edited by Cargo Shorts, Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:42 PM
Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:47 PM
jimmyburke's avatar

Good creative idea Cargo Shorts, except cement in your last sentence made me pause.....

Sunday, June 6, 2021 8:45 AM
Vince982's avatar

I grabbed a couple of the cones off those trees a couple of Halloweekends ago with the same intentions but unfortunately they had already shed their seeds. One day I'll get them. I love those trees.

We'll miss you MrScott and Pete

Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:38 AM

Cargo Shorts said:

In grade school we always got sent home with a small sapling on Arbor Day I think. A good way to help cement the emotional attachment to the park with the kids.

I still see mine every year in my childhood back yard when I visit my parents.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:48 AM
Walt's avatar

In the early 1950s, the state of Ohio investigated Lake Erie shore erosion. Their findings were published in 1953 - "1951 Investigations of Lake Erie Shore Erosion." The report includes detailed information on the Cedar Point peninsula - see page 13 of the booklet (page 20 of the PDF). If you're a geography or geology nerd, it's an interesting read.


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