The Good Old Days
Author: Erno Rossi
Publisher: Seventy Seven Publishing
Category: Amusement parks
The American Dream came true in Canada as U.S. entrepreneurs converted a wilderness lakeshore into the Crystal Beach amusement park. An excursion to Crystal Beach meant a trip on the Canadiana or one of the other ferries that whisked eager Americans over the border. Once inside the park, visitors experienced unforgettable sights, smells and thrills.
Author: Tom Nolan
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
A talented writer could craft a short paragraph about his first novel in such a way as to demand further attention. I'm not that good. However, Crystal Beach Sunset is set in an interesting place and time and the interplay among the four principal characters will have universal appeal. What's not to like about a self-proclaimed devout atheist who does charitable work in several area churches? The day-to-day narrative begins when Jim and Rebecca Thornton, corporate banker and English teacher, opt for a two-week vacation on the shores of Lake Erie across from Buffalo. They expect some quiet time away from the heat of Manhattan and not the four-week, life-changing adventure that ensues. But then, they did not imagine that they would spend so much time with their landlord, a middle-aged, self employed, non-tax paying eccentric and his live-in twenty-eight year old girlfriend, a part time stripper and part time exercise rider at the local racetrack. The story takes place in Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, NewYork, its crossborder neighbor, during the late summer of 1989. It ends on Labor Day that year, the last day of operation of Crystal Beach, a popular amusement park on the lake. The four principal characters occupy a lakefront property one bay over, the fifty year old Jack Mahoney and Linda McCollum in the main house and the young couple from New York City in the rental cottage. A cancellation provides an offer of a free extension of their stay if they "assist with some projects." The characters connect by gender and prim is influenced by the bawdier side of life and proper by the unconventional. The area backdrop provides a second sharp contrast, current and historical, between the Canadian and American sides of the Niagara River. Photo: (c) 2008, Above All Aerial & Specialty Photography-Ohio www.aboveallohio.com
Author: Jackie Haley
Publisher: Tate Pub & Enterprises Llc
Jonathan Blake is a catch. He's attractive, he's charming, and his family has a very successful business. Unfortunately, that business just happens to be diamond smuggling. Jessica Johnson is ready for a fresh start. After moving from Chicago to L.A., she's got a new job and a new apartment. The only thing she doesn't have, or want, is a new boyfriend. But when Jonathan saves her from drowning, she finds herself swept off her feet. As their two worlds collide, the decision to stay together becomes a matter of life and death. Will Jessica sacrifice everything to be with the man she loves? Discover love's ultimate adventure at Crystal Beach! 'With an eye for detail and a nose for romance, Haley imagines what might happen if the girl next door stumbled into a James Bond movie. Smuggled diamonds, mafia thugs, a tall dark stranger-Crystal Beach has the makings of a Hollywood hit.' Michael Morain, The Des Moines Register
A Century of Screams
Author: William E. Kae
Category: Amusement parks
Covers the history of Crystal Beach Park, focusing on the midway and the park's growth and development from 1890 through its demise in 1989. Includes the history of all the Crystal Beach rides, with over 300 archival photos, park layouts that illustrate the evolution of the midway with background information about the people behind the park.
Author: William E. Kae
Category: Crystal Beach (Fort Erie, Ont.)
The history of a select group of steam-powered passenger boats that plied the waters of Lake Erie between Buffalo, New York and Crystal Beach, Ontario. It chronicles the events that put these steamers in the headlines before, during, and after their years on the Crystal Beach Line.
Author: Sandra Calvert Mueller,Marlene Calvert Feldkamp,Tom Patrick Ryan
Category: Amusement parks
Crystal Beach Park closed its doors for the last time in 1965. But for the people who enjoyed all that it had to offer, sweet memories linger on. To commemorate the one hundred-year anniversary of the opening of Crystal Beach Park, Sandra Calvert Mueller, Marlene Calvert Feldkamp, and Tom Ryan share the park's history, along with their own treasured experiences, through photos and commentary. "Memories of Crystal Beach Park, Vermilion, Ohio" presents the nostalgic reader with two hundred pictures of the amusement park rides, the buildings, and-most importantly-the people who were part of the Crystal Beach family. Whether you worked at the park, rode all the rides, or simply love to learn about what life was like in days past, this book will take you on a most enjoyable trip down memory lane.
Legends and Myths
Author: Peter Sacco
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Niagara's Most Haunted: Legends and Myths is not just a book about ghosts and haunted places, but also explores areas in the Niagara region which are considered some of the richest in North American history. As a matter of fact, one of the bloodiest battles in North American history (the War of 1812) between the British and USA was fought in Niagara...Is it any wonder there are so many ghosts? This book examines some of the most haunted places dating back to the 1800's. Each chapter covers a different genre of settings--discussing historical sites, entertaining readers with anecdotal ghost stories, while testing myths with paranormal investigations. Some of the haunted sites include; bed and breakfasts, ships/boats, trains, tunnels, museums, mansions, highways, forts, cemeteries, waterfalls, school houses and many more. This book is guaranteed to peak your curiosity as some may even feel a slight tingling better known as goose bumps -Welcome to my town, Niagara!
Author: Chris Lynch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Kevin tries to reinvent himself when he runs away from home and the father he hates, but living with a mysterious uncle and befriending two homeless girls just adds more complications.
A Chronicle of One Life Spent in Buffalo NY During the 20th Century
Author: Thomas J. Murphy
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The life of Catherine Griffin, born in 1905 and raised in the Old First Ward of Buffalo, N.Y. She was the aunt of Buffalo, N.Y. Mayor Jimmy Griffin.
Author: David W. Francis,Diane DeMali Francis
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
By 1912, there were 54 amusement parks in Ohio. The parks came in all sizes, and featured such attractions as the Flying Ponies carousel, the Chute-the-Chutes water ride, and the Cyclone, Racer, and Dip-the-Dips roller coasters. Some, like Cleveland's White City, seemed to be courted by bad luck from the beginning, and folded after only a few disappointing seasons. Others, like Youngstown's Idora Park, enjoyed long lives and fostered beloved memories, but eventually closed down in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. A few, like Sandusky's Cedar Point, have grown to be considered among the greatest amusement parks in the world. But most are now forgotten.