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August 12, 2011

Screechin' Eagle Roller Coaster at LeSourdsville Lake Torn Down

Middletown, OH — Roller coaster aficionados lost another historic roller coaster this past week. The Screechin' Eagle at defunct LeSourdsville Lake has been torn down due to safety concerns.

The 1927 wooden coaster designed by John A. Miller hasn't operated since 2002. Park owner Jerry Couch, who runs a Recreational Vehicle dealership on the park property, said he had safety concerns about keeping the roller coaster standing.

There had been some effort to try to relocate the roller coaster to a new home, but those plans didn't pan out. Instead, a section of the roller coaster's track and the cars will be donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum in Arlington, Texas.

Screechin' Eagle was originally erected as the Thunderbolt at Moxahala Park, Zanesville, Ohio in 1927. The coaster was relocated to LeSourdsville Lake in 1940 and renamed Cyclone. The coaster was again renamed Space Rocket in 1961 and once again to its final name – Screechin' Eagle – in 1978.

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