The Blue Streak

The Blue Streak (HM2196)

Location: Conneaut Lake, PA 16316 Crawford County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 38.096', W 80° 18.971'

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Ace Roller Coaster Landmark

Ace Roller Coaster Landmark
American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes Conneaut Lake Park's Blue Streak as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historical significance. Constructed as part of a major expansion of the property for thre 1938 season, Blue Streak replaced the aging 1909 Scenic Railway on the same site. Designed by Edward Vettel Sr. (1885-1952) and builder Charles Beares (1902-1958) of the T.M. Harton Co. and Pittsburgh's famed West View Park, the coaster would quickly become the park's signature attraction. Blue Streak's basic out-and-back design delivers unexpected thrills with a breathtaking first drop, two classic camel-back hills that provide delightful air-time, and a series of short hills after a speedy turnaround. The 77-foot high, 2, 900-foot long coaster also features a long, dark, winding tunnel as it approaches the lift hill. One of the historic Vettel trains was refurbished in 2002 and placed back into service. Today, it remains one of only two existing examples of this classic coaster designer's work, which utilizes a unique track design composed of multiple wood layers separated into two sections by horizontal cross ties. Blue Streak was one of the first rides to be named an ACE Coaster Classic,
which distinguishes those rare coasters that operate in a traditional manner. Beginning in the late 1990s, the future of Conneaut Lake Park was often uncertain. It is through the tireless efforts of community leaders and preservationists that the park continues to exist, while roller coaster enthusiasts hope the Blue Streak will continue to thrill future generations of eager riders.
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HM NumberHM2196
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Year Placed2010
Placed ByPresented by American Coaster Enthusiasts during Coaster Con XXXIII
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Date Added Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 556954 N 4609470
Decimal Degrees41.63493333, -80.31618333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 38.096', W 80° 18.971'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 38' 5.7599999999998" N, 80° 18' 58.26" W
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Area Code(s)814
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 513-523 Park Ave, Conneaut Lake PA 16316, US
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