AURORA, Ohio -- Goodbye, Big Dipper.
The historic wooden roller coaster will be demolished in the “next few weeks,” according to Bainbridge Township trustee Jeffrey Markley.
“It really is very sad,” he told WKYC.
Big Dipper, an out-and-back scream machine, first debuted in 1925, making it one of the world's oldest existing roller coasters.
After decades of thrills, it has since been sitting in silence after Geauga Lake closed its gates forever in September 2007.
On Saturday, Cedar Fair Entertainment, which owns the property, released a statement confirming the demolition:
"Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has announced that the demolition of the Big Dipper roller coaster will begin in the coming weeks. We have worked cooperatively with the City of Aurora and Bainbridge Township to preserve select artifacts from the ride. There are no other plans to sell, relocate or salvage the structure at this time. Cedar Fair will continue to work with Aurora and Bainbridge on the positive future development of the property."
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