Inextricably woven into the summer fabric of Western New York and Southern Ontario, the midway at Crystal Beach Park provided thrills for untold millions from 1890 through 1989. Crystal Beach Park ~ A Century of Screams (Screams) explores the modest picnic grove beginnings of the park, its growth into a major amusement center, and its decline and demise.

Not a book of nostalgia, Screams explores the physical growth and development of the park and the rides that populated the midway throughout its 100 seasons marked by watershed events in the park’s history. Traditional aspects of Crystal Beach history are examined and compared to period research findings.

Crystal Beach Park ~ A Century of Screams is highlighted with...

. . . over 300 photographs and illustrations from museum archives and private collections

. . . original blueprints

. . . twenty full color pages

. . . unique site plans that illustrate the physical changes of the park and also provide frames of reference for select photographs

. . . over 500 references to newspapers, amusement industry periodicals and journals, census records, city directories, and books


262  8.5"x11" pages, soft cover, professionally printed on premium, heavy bond, gloss paper.
ISBN: 978-0-9796632-3-9
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011915282






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