150 years of Lake Erie's shores and islands' tourism and recreation history is detailed in this book.
From quaint wineries, world-class amusement parks, indoor and outdoor water parks, to cottage communities, religious retreats and natural wonders, for 150 years, people have come to rest, relax, and recharge in the area. Lake Erie is the constant in this fascinating story, the natural resource that gives the region, from Vermilion to Port Clinton, south to Milan, Bellevue, and Fremont, and north to Sandusky, Cedar Point, the Marblehead Peninsula, and the Lake Erie Islands, its character and charm.
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About the Author
Authors John and Marie Hildebrandt are uniquely qualified to tell the story of the shores and islands. John is a retired vice president and general manager of Cedar Point, the Sandusky amusement park and resort that first opened in 1870. He has spent 40 years in the tourism industry. Marie is a former news reporter for the Sandusky Register and a retired public official. For five years, she wrote the region's leading tourism publication.
Table of Contents
1 The Gilded Age Discovers Lake Erie: 1860-1890 11
2 Lake Erie's First Golden Age: 1891-1910 25
3 World War I Era and the 1920s: 1911-1931 49
4 Surviving the Depression and the War Years: 1932-1949 71
5 Postwar Recovery and the Baby Boom: 1950-1969 87
6 Lake Erie Renaissance: 1970-1990 103
7 Roller Coasters, Water Parks, and the Jet Express: 1991-2015 115