White City Park

In the golden era of Cleveland's amusement parks, White City Amusement Park was one of many built to compete with the most successful of them all, Euclid Beach Park. It was located a mile to the west of Euclid Beach Park and was even served by the same streetcars. The two parks became a common destination for a day's outing for the few seasons that White City Park and Euclid Beach Park were neighbors. White City Park also shares something in common with the famous New York based Coney Island, as the Cleveland based park adopted the ideas of Coney Island's Dreamland Park. The general idea was to bring in entertainers and celebrities to draw people to the park. Cleveland, however, suffered from a lack of star power and the Dreamland concept was less than successful.

Unlike Euclid Beach, White City charged an admission fee, which hurt its business. After a fire burned down over half of the park in 1906 and a windstorm caused severe damage in 1907, the owners had been through enough. White City Park was closed in 1908.

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Aerial View, ca. 1910

Aerial View, ca. 1910

An overview of the park is seen in this postcard. Take notice of the shoot the chutes ride in the center of the park. Also featured at White City was Sir Hiram Maxim's Flying Airships, a scenic railroad, and the Old Mill Boat Ride. Image courtesy of the J. Mark Souther Postcard Collection View File Details Page

Shoot the Chutes

Shoot the Chutes

Just like its rival Luna Park, White City had a shoot the chutes ride that emptied into a lagoon right in the center of the park. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress View File Details Page

Water Ride

Water Ride

Just inside the main gate was the huge centerpice of White City Park. The Shoot-the-Chutes water ride dropped boats filled with riders into a central lagoon. Image Courtesy of Library of Congress View File Details Page

Picnic Day, ca. 1910

Picnic Day, ca. 1910

Image courtesy of the J. Mark Souther Postcard Collection View File Details Page

Entrance, 1905

Entrance, 1905

White City Park was designed to compete with Euclid Beach Park and offer another option to adventure seeking patrons. Although nowhere near as ornate as the entrances to other local parks, you can see a similar style of White City Park's entrance to those of Euclid Beach and Luna Park. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress View File Details Page

Top of the Hill

Top of the Hill

The view from the top of the shoot the chutes ride in White City, circa 1910. Image courtesy of the J. Mark Souther Postcard Collection View File Details Page

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“White City Park,” Cleveland Historical, accessed July 20, 2017, https://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/262.

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